Overnight on a Chinese Train, Hong Kong to Shanghai
The beds come with a bottom sheet, duvet with cover, and one pillow and they are ROCK HARD. The top bunk is about 4″ narrower than bottom bunk. In order to get to the top bunk one has to step on the bottom bunk, step on a small ledge coming out from the wall and then hoist yourself up. It’s a bit awkward. I took the top bunk.
Bring cups for drinking (the wine you bring for example, ahem), for mixing up oatmeal, instant coffee, etc. Bring food, snacks, water and other drinks. The only drinks available in the dining car are Coke, Budweiser, and water. There was no Chinese beer, what is that about? I’d like to know how much Budweiser paid and who’s pockets they lined for that concession.
The scenery was interesting but mostly city after city, big buildings after big buildings as we rolled out of Hong Kong and until it got dark. It never really felt like we were ever out of a city.
View from train is mixed; lots of urban buildings, apartment blocks, factories and some farmland (but not as much as expected). There seemed to be a lot of concrete rubble every where, to the point where they looked like “rubble farms” spouting out of the earth. This remains a mystery to me. Why tear things down and then just leave it there?
I am planning to visit from Hong Kong to Shanghai by this train this spring.
is the price fixed or is it changing over time? I found on http://www.chinatrainguide.com/hongkong-train-travel/shanghai.html that Hong Kong to Shanghai train ticket price is 825 hong kong dollar while you stated it’s 932 Hong Kong dollar, which one is right?
Should i reserve ticket in advance or I can show up to purchase ticket directly from Hung Hong Station?
Unfortunately, I don’t know the answer to your questions as I am not a travel agent. I could not figure out how to buy the tickets from the US before arriving in Hong Kong and had a friend in HK purchase them for me.