Hanting Express (Shanghai Waitan)

No.433 Zhongshan South Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai Region, 200010, China
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Shanghai-Beijing rail travel and general China questions

by lastcall

Hi.

I'm visiting parts of China during February, and would like some info on Shanghai to Beijing via rail. The information I've found has been outdated or unhelpful.

1) Is there a website in english where I can purchase a ticket?

2) Has anyone on the board traveled this route? What was their experience?

3) Is rail the best choice? Is bus or air travel also feasible?

More generally, I plan on traveling alone and do not speak any Mandarin or Cantonese.

1) Hotels and hostels... Planning to stay in a few cheap places around China. Sinohotel.com looks like a great website. Is it just as easy to turn up to these places and check for room availability, instead of booking online? I ask this because I don't want to reserve a room and find my booking has been stuffed-up.

2) Silly question, I know, but am I likely to run-into any major trouble in terms of theft, bribery in any parts of China...? Any important things to watch out for?

Thanks.

RE: Shanghai-Beijing rail travel and general China questions

by enzhu

1) There is no online book train ticket service yet, not even in Chinese. When you arrive in Shanghai, you can ask hotel to book it for you.
2) Check out: http://www.seat61.com/China.htm
3) Yes, I think so.

1) I'll recommend you book online. Other two sites I used are:
http://www.elong.net
http://english.ctrip.com
2) Yes, you must pay attention with pocket picker.

RE: Shanghai-Beijing rail travel and general China questions

by bminorca

There are frequent flights in between Beijing and Shanghai - more than 40 flights every day served by 5 different airlines. I don't think you will run into any major trouble you mentioned provided you exercise caution as you should always do as a tourist. China is generally safer than many other countries.

RE: Shanghai-Beijing rail travel and general China questions

by ellyse

1) No, but when in February would you be needing to travel? I might be able to help.
2) Yes. Nice, comfortable and punctual. What else to say?
3) Yes, rail is the best choice. Air and bus travel also possible, my choices would be in the order of rail - air - bus.
1) Not really. Besides, do you really want to be haggling when you're dragging your luggage all over the place and looking for a room that suits your price? I don't think that's my idea of a holiday. Well, if you want some help with recommendations and bookings, drop me a VTMail.
2) Not really, apart from pickpocketing. Just be sensible.

RE: Shanghai-Beijing rail travel and general China questions

by cigams

I will be traveling from Beijing to Shanghai by train in february. Will it be very difficult to get hard seat or soft seat-tickets because of the chinese new year? How long in advance do I have to order the tickets? I will be landing in Beijing on feb 2 and plan on going to Shanghai on feb 7. Is it too late to buy the tickets when I land in Beijing on the 2'nd? Thanks.

RE: RE: Shanghai-Beijing rail travel and general China questions

by enzhu

I think you should be OK, don't worry.
The Chinese New Year is Feb 18, you are early and there are so many trains between Beijing, Shanghai, you should be able to get ticket.

RE: RE: Shanghai-Beijing rail travel and general China questions

by ellyse

Don't get lulled into a sense of non-urgency just because there seem to be many trains for the Shanghai -- Beijing route. If there's no demand for them, do you think that there'd be so many? What's more, the Z trains go on sale 20 days in advance, and the other trains 10/11 days in advance. Good luck.

RE: Shanghai-Beijing rail travel and general China questions

by lastcall

Disappointing the tickets can't be purchased online. Think I'm going to gamble getting train tickets, anyway.

Thanks for the advice, everyone -- especially asprila!

Travel Tips for Shanghai

TEAPOTS

by marsistanbul

After the middle part of the Ming Dynasty,tea drinking which was popular during the Tang and Song Dynasties became prosperous.Therefore,teapot drinking culture combing teapot art,poem,calligraph and engraving came into being,and became the symbol of the culture,the most famous one in the southern part of the country is the purple-sand teapot.

Shanghai Airport

by Travelchili

Many of the international flights land to Shanghai Pu Dong Airport, which is a very modern airport completed in 1999. It is situated east of Shanghai and is around 30km from the downtown of Shanghai. If you plan on taking a taxi, it'll take you approx. one hour from the downtown of Shanghai.

Jin Mao Tower

by cpm440vee

Actually a commercial tower/hotel but the top floor (lucky 88) is an observation floor for tourists. You can get great views of the city and the Pearl TV Tower. I'd suggest going to Pearl TV Tower during the day and going to Jin Mao Tower at night. Be prepared for long lineups to buy tickets (in the basement). I'd also suggest going late at night close to closing. Yes, it won't leave much time to look around but on the plus side, the tour buses are on a schedule and clear out in a hurry.

Nice park area: The People’s Square

by albaaust

This lies to the west of Nanjing Road and is a vast area of parkland bordered by a number of buildings such as the Shanghai opera house, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai art museum.

Be warned it is also an area where people gravitate to "fleece" the tourists.

Rico Sun's new Shanghai Page

by ricosun

Shanghai is City in the making. And what a city it is. After visiting Shanghai in 1994 and then 8 years later in 2002, I was amazed at the pace of its modernization. Hundards of building litrally appeared over the space of just 4 to 5 years. Even my grand parents who have lived their all their lives sometime found themselves lost. Because everything is being developed at lighting pace.

Notoriously known as the “Paris of the East” in the 1900s when it was occupied by western. Today Shanghai is rapidly reclaiming its title. Starting of with the infamous “face off” between the Classical 19th centenary “Shanghai bound”, and super modern Pu Dong on the other side of Wan Pu Jiang (river). No place on earth can you witness such clear division of architecture of time. Site seeing at nite on either side of the “face off” will guarantee photographic madness. The Shanghai bound represents the China on the move, the past the present and the future - all at one place.

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