Reserve tickets early during the Spring Festival and other holidays. Purchase tickets at train station ticket windows or order tickets from a local hotel for a small fee.
Save on fares with a K or T category train compared with the modern, high-speed D and Z class Chinese trains. K and T trains often have air conditioning and restaurant cars.
Rest during a long journey in a six-bunk hard sleeper carriage, which is ideal for backpackers. New and refurbished trains have power sockets inside sleeper compartments.
Overnight D, T and Z category sleeper trains are available for the 900-mile trips between Beijing and Shanghai.
Two sleeper trains depart weekly from Beijing to Hanoi and Saigon, Vietnam. Organized tours run from Lhasa, Tibet, into Nepal as of October 2009.
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