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    Trains are also a good option....

    by szabolcs Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Trains are also a good option. They have no classes (class-distinction being an ugly thing in Communist China) but different sections. These are: hard-seat, soft-seat, hard-sleeper, soft-sleeper. For longer journeys it is only SOFT-SLEEPER that is bearable for a Western tourist. The compartments contain 4 beds (2 on each side) and are air-conditioned. The hard-sleeper section has no compartments so it's a bit like a big dormitory. It can get very crowded and noisy and the air is filled with smoke. It's much cheaper of course but I cannot guarantee that you'll be perfectly fit the other morning.

    Please note that these trains are most likely to leave from Beijing's new BEIJING WEST RAILWAY STATION (west of Xibianmen and south of Yuyuantan Park) and not from the BEIJING RAILWAY STATION which is east of Tiananmen.

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    I used to fly MALEV-Hungarian...

    by szabolcs Written Aug 24, 2002

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    I used to fly MALEV-Hungarian Airlines - they operated a direct flight between Budapest and Beijing (see photo - a piece of nostalgia). Now that this service has been stopped (unfortunately) a sensible option is to fly AUSTRIAN AIRLINES. Flights to Beijing leave almost every day around 2PM (CET) from Vienna Schwechat Airport and land at Beijing Capital Airport at 6AM (local time) the other day. The route is normally served by Airbus A340 aircraft. All passengers (yes, economy as well) have their own video displays with a wide choice of entertainment options (including a cam that shows the cockpit view throughout the flight - great). Flight attendants are friendly and very elegant (dressed completely in red).



    These two companies offer a quite high standard of service and operate modern Western aircraft (Airbus, Boeing). The most obvious flight route with these airlines is the Beijing-Shanghai route which takes no more than 90 minutes. The Beijing-Xi'an route is mostly operated by CHINA NORTHWEST AIRLINES.

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    Sleeper buses are the cheapest...

    by luciano Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Sleeper buses are the cheapest option, but do not attempt to do a journey longer than 12 hours on any of them for the first time. Take the train instead and use one for a short ride, then see if you have enough patience and endurance to try again in a longer trip.

    I commited the big mistake of buying a ticket for a sleeper from Guilin to Kunming, changing at Nanning. I was told it was going to be 25 or 26 hours, and it turned into an endless 45 hours journey. Let me share with you my view of the the bus during almost two days (picture).

    Sleeper bus, China
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    Conditions have changed so...

    by DesertRat Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Conditions have changed so much over the past fifteen years since our visit that I really don't know what the situation is now except to say that most major international airlines now fly there, often nonstop.

    One recommendation: Consider the ferry between Macao and Guangzhou. It's a great overnight trip, sort of a 'Slow Boat to China.'

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    Beijing to Badaling: by Bus

    by mjleynes Written Dec 9, 2010

    Another option if you're going to Badaling side of Great Wall is by Bus from De Sheng Men. Get into BUS 919 and pay 12 Yuan ($1.80)

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    Tour bus in Hanzhuo

    by soundchaseruk Written Nov 19, 2007

    On leaving my hotel near the station I caught the wooden bus to the West lake. It was quite unique and although I didn't get a photo of it on the outside but the inside the was just as fascinating.

    Inside the wooden bus

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    Take a boat.

    by bkathryn Written Apr 24, 2005

    We took this boatman's boat at the Summer Palace in Beijing. There was a little skiff of ice on Kunming Lake, but it was quite a lovely day.

    Boat/man at the Summer Palace, Beijing.
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    See (take) a cart.

    by bkathryn Written Apr 24, 2005

    I'm not sure one would want to travel on one of these, but we saw them carrying huge loads most places we went in China.

    Cart with hay in Li'nan County
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    Get a bike!

    by bkathryn Written Apr 24, 2005

    I'm not sure you'd actually want to travel around China by bicyle, but it seemed a popular way to get around Beijing.

    Cyclists at Tiananmen Square
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    Modern Rickshaws

    by ahoerner Written Jun 21, 2004

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    All over China you find those modern rickshas...

    If you are curious about that, well, what can I say, go on and take one...

    Don't forget to bargain the price...

    Rickshas near the airport in Beijing.

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    by Peter_Zhang Written Jul 17, 2003

    You can go around Hangzhou by bus, taxi and bike(if you have).All of these are convernient.But if you don't know the ways bus running,it's better to take a taxi(the price is inexpensive).

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    trains are so much fun in...

    by bokononist Written Aug 26, 2002

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    trains are so much fun in China - wake up watching the sun rise over the Yellow River, meet the Chinese Navy in the train station...always a new adventure to be had.

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    Bicycle.......they can be...

    by kiwiwahine Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Bicycle.......they can be hired everywhere and are a great way to see China. Try it out in a small town before you attempt it in a city the traffic, noise and smog can be overwhelming.

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    Take the KCR railway from any...

    by Kindra Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Take the KCR railway from any of the several stops in HK and Kowloon. The last stop is the border building. These are some of the views you get from the KCR on your way.

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    by aminguell Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Trips by train are long and you can easily make friends. I met a group of young boys and girls from a Guandong. It was a nice experience.

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