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      Buying fast G train ticket right before departure (Beijing South to Shanghai)?

      by FreeCloud Online Now Apr 3, 2014 at 5:59 AM

      I will land in BJ early afternoon (from USA), but I do not want to pre-purchase a ticket (in case of miss it due to traffic etc.). Can I buy a ticket at the Beijing South train station for the immediate next departure train to Shanghai (I am an American)?

      Or do I really have to pre-purchase online? Any suggestion on which website to buy (ctrip.com???). If I miss the train I have the ticket for, would it be too much trouble having to have the ticket (for the missed train) refund first, then but another one?

      I am leaving tomorrow, any quick advice would be highly appreciated! Thanks!

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    • FreeCloud's Profile Photo

      Buying fast G train ticket right before departure (Beijing South to Shanghai)?

      by FreeCloud Online Now Apr 3, 2014 at 5:59 AM

      I will land in BJ early afternoon (from USA), but I do not want to pre-purchase a ticket (in case of miss it due to traffic etc.). Can I buy a ticket at the Beijing South train station for the immediate next departure train to Shanghai (I am an American)?

      Or do I really have to pre-purchase online? Any suggestion on which website to buy (ctrip.com???). If I miss the train I have the ticket for, would it be too much trouble having to have the ticket (for the missed train) refund first, then but another one?

      I am leaving tomorrow, any quick advice would be highly appreciated! Thanks!

      5 Answers Apr 3, 2014 at 10:24 PM
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      High Speed Train Beijing - Shanghai

      by platapus Online Now Mar 7, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      I have read there are several high speed trains running between Beijing and Shanghai each day.

      Two questions please.

      First.....could i expect to arrive at the railway station in Beijing and simply buy a reserved first class ticket for travel to Shanghai on the "next" train?

      Second......can I go to the railway station in Beijing and purchase a reserved first class ticket for travel to Shanghai on the NEXT day etc?

      Thanks.........\\

      19 Answers Mar 13, 2014 at 3:33 AM
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      What kind of weather?

      by owyewwah Online Now Feb 25, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      Hi, I am thinking of visiting Beijing/China end of March or first week of April, what kind of weather do I expect? Early spring? Temperature around 10 - 15 degree C? Need advice. Thanks

      7 Answers Mar 13, 2014 at 3:33 AM
    • Driver in Beijing

      by sookling Online Now Feb 23, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      Dear VTers,

      I am planning a trip to Beijing for 4-5 days with my parents and sister. We are looking for a driver can be taxi or private car, Is there any recommendation? Appreciate your feedback.
      Thanks!

      1 Answer Mar 13, 2014 at 3:33 AM
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      About Confucius

      by ampraxu1 Online Now Feb 20, 2014 at 2:03 AM

      When was Confucius born in ancient China?

      3 Answers Mar 13, 2014 at 3:33 AM
    • hike Simatai West to Jinshanling or Jinshanling to Simatai West?

      by Fabienka Online Now Feb 19, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      I prepare my hike to the Great Wall and I wonder if it is best to start in Jinshanling or Simatai West. Is the cable car in Simatai in operation?
      If we start in Jinshanling, is there a nice path to get down at Simatai?
      Thank you

      3 Answers Feb 27, 2014 at 4:10 PM
    • laundry

      by kunmingjay Online Now Feb 18, 2014 at 7:09 AM

      Hi, I need a place to do laundry near wangfujing. Anyone done that?
      thanks,
      J

      3 Answers Feb 28, 2014 at 9:31 AM
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      Street parties/ festivals

      by Ssandals Online Now Jan 21, 2014 at 4:12 AM

      What are the biggest festivals/ parties in Beijing (other than Chinese New Year). Are there any big street parties?

      Thank you

      Sandy

      3 Answers Yesterday
    • muslim resturants

      by husnain79 Online Now Dec 21, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      are there any muslim resturants which serve halal food
      if any please tell some names

      4 Answers Jan 20, 2014 at 5:55 AM
    • Need advise about transportation from airport to hotel??

      by Aizul_Fitri Online Now Dec 7, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      Hi Im Aizul from Malaysia and coming to Beijing this 30 December 2013, My flight arrival in Beijing Capital Airport around 1.30am on 31 December 2013... So how the best way to I take the transportation from the airport to the hotel?? Need your advise about that... Thanks :)

      7 Answers Yesterday
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      Sim Card and Cellphone Plan

      by karisse Online Now Dec 3, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      Where could I buy a simcard in beijing and if i would like to get a plan wherein I can access internet which service provider in beijing would be good?

      4 Answers Dec 11, 2013 at 7:39 PM
    • Sharing private car to Great Wall 19th or 20th dec

      by demas0173 Online Now Nov 25, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      Hello,
      We are two traveling to Beijing and we plan to go to the great wall (Mutianyu section or jinshanling). We want to hire a private car for the day to leave early and avoid the crowd.
      We can go either on the 19th dec or 20th dec.
      We are looking for anyone who wants to join us to share the costs. If you are interested do not hesitate to contact me.
      The cost is around 600 rmb for the day.
      Diane

      4 Answers Mar 17, 2014 at 9:27 PM
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      Tour Guide Inquiry

      by iclee Online Now Nov 24, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      Dear VTers, I recently recommended Alvin of Beijing to be the tour guide of my best friend who will be traveling to Beijing with ther family some time December. Unfortunately, due to the terror attack in Tiananmen last October, Alvin was critically hurt and cannot assist my friend. I am asking my fellow VTers for 2 things:
      1. For those who believe in prayers, pls pray for Alvin's speedy recovery. He broke ribs and pelvis. He cannot breathe well and is currently confined at Beijing Orthopedic Hospital. Will not post pictures here so as not to offend others who may find his hurt pictures a bit delicate to look at.
      2. Need your recommendation for another reliable tour guide who can provide van+driver only. My friend does not need tour packages at this point, just a van+driver. Please help. Please send contact details, too.

      Thanks in advance.

      8 Answers Dec 3, 2013 at 5:55 PM
    • Educational trip Beijing

      by ThePsycho Online Now Nov 13, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      For university I am allowed to go on a short trip to Beijing from the 6th to the 14th of December. Are there any interesting educational experiences I could have? I am open to anything realy.

      There is one limit though. I am only allowed to go in order to visit a one-time opportunity. For example a museum is not allowed, but a speech is.

      It could be about anything. IT would be preferable, but social issues or science would be great too.

      Does anybody know whether there is an upcoming event I should visit? I would greatly appreciate your help!

      1 Answer Nov 14, 2013 at 11:20 PM
    • Which banks have ATM's in PKK

      by taishan555 Online Now Nov 10, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      Which banks have ATM's in PKK - I only see listings for Hua Hin - Was looking for Aeon if there is one?

      3 Answers Nov 13, 2013 at 5:58 AM
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      New in Town

      by Corfukid Online Now Oct 26, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      In two weeks I am moving to live in Beijing for two years. I am a very social young at heart 50 something and I was wondering if there are any members who could recommend any places that are good for single women to go out to socialise.. I like music and dancing and of course a social drink. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

      4 Answers Dec 12, 2013 at 9:11 AM
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      Beijing Airport Lounges

      by Dunli Online Now Oct 26, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      Hello VT friends,

      We are going to be spending over 8 hours in Beijing Capital Airport in January. Can anyone give any advice on Beijing airport lounges, best company to book with / can I walk in and pay etc? Any advice would be welcomed.

      Regards,
      Dunli

      6 Answers Dec 19, 2013 at 10:50 AM
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      Best time to travel to Beijing to celebrate Sping Festival

      by moscoba Online Now Oct 22, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      I would like to experience Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) in Beijing. When is the best time to avoid the mad rush in the airport? Thanks!

      6 Answers Dec 12, 2013 at 9:16 AM
    • Mutianyu Great Wall - Autumm colors

      by rojicha07 Online Now Oct 22, 2013 at 7:09 AM

      Hi everyone! I'm planning to go to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. I would like to see a lot of autumm/fall foliage. When do you think it's a better time to go for this purpose: this weekend (October 26th) or the next one (November 3rd)? By early november would the autumm colors would be already gone?

      Thanks a lot in advance for any information/help you could give me... best regards!

      1 Answer Oct 22, 2013 at 4:36 PM
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      any good day trips out of the city?

      by Woody1234 Online Now Oct 18, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      We enjoyed a 'smarTours' trip in Nov 2011 with 5 nights Beijing & 3 nights Shanghai. Since it was our first visit to China, we took their guided day tours. We're returning this November on the same itinerary, but want to explore on our own. Is it possible to get off the beaten path away from the city on a day trip? Maybe a train ride to a rural area. Any suggestions? Thx, Woody (Stanwood WA)

      6 Answers Nov 10, 2013 at 11:07 PM
    • 2nd Trip to Beijing- Open day

      by jayrule Online Now Oct 14, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      When we booked our 21 day tour to China last year for September 2013, the tour was for 4 nights in Beijing, but then they cut out a day in Beijing. down to 2 & 1/2 days. We saw the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tienanmen Square, Beijing Zoo, Hutong home, and Great Wall, as well as Peking Duck. As we drove past, our tour guide pointed out the Altar of Heaven and Astronomy Platform (which had been included as a visit in the previous itinerary) We also missed out on the Summer Palace. I will be back March, 2014 taking advantage of my 1 year multiple entry visa.
      I plan to see the Natural History Museum, Altar of Heaven, and the Astronomy Observatory (Day 1); Summer Palace China Museum (Day 2). That will leave an open day. What would be a good new sight or experience?

      7 Answers Oct 16, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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      Outdoor gear stores in Beijing

      by amarshah Online Now Sep 27, 2013 at 4:11 AM

      Hello,

      I would be in Beijing starting 19th Oct. Was looking at getting some genuine outdoor trekking gear like shoes etc.

      Which of the below would be ideal... or can you name some good place

      1) Sanfo Yue Tan Store (Beijing) 2) JiFengTianXing Outdoor Gear on ZhangZiZhong Road 3) Beitaipingzhuang, Haidian district. 4) http://laote.taobao.com/

      Keen on good variety and international quality brands

      Thanks

      Amar

      1 Answer Dec 17, 2013 at 2:02 AM
    • G Train Tickets

      by gitainegin Online Now Sep 21, 2013 at 6:52 AM

      Where do you get tickets for the G-train (high-speed train)?

      9 Answers Sep 24, 2013 at 4:18 PM
    • 3D Superbus

      by SKKC Online Now Sep 11, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Where can I go to see the 3D Superbus?

    • Robot Chef

      by SKKC Online Now Sep 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      Where can I go to see a Robot Chef in action?

      1 Answer Dec 17, 2013 at 2:05 AM
    • There is, I understand a clock museum in the Forbidden city. How do I find it

      by crapnothing Online Now Aug 31, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      How do I find the clock museum in the Forbidden City and what is there?

      5 Answers Sep 24, 2013 at 2:45 AM
    • What to wear to China

      by daneez54 Online Now Aug 30, 2013 at 6:18 AM

      Visiting both cities and a river cruise on Sept 11-24th. What kind of clostjes tp bring for a two week trip?

      5 Answers Sep 2, 2013 at 1:00 AM
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      Stopover in Beijing Airport on the way to Hongkong- is 1 hour enough?

      by Leo2006 Online Now Aug 25, 2013 at 2:18 AM

      Hi,

      I fly to Hongkong via Beijing. My flight from Frankfurt arrives in Beijing at 7:00 and the flight to HK leaves at 8:00. Is it enough to go over custom and board another plane in just one hour? Or it is better to take flight with longer stopover?

      Leo

      12 Answers Aug 30, 2013 at 11:42 AM
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      Bus to the Ming Tombs

      by SummerHighlandFalls Online Now Aug 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM

      Hi - looking to visit the Ming Tombs from Beijing as a solo traveller in September.
      Online there is mention of a tourist bus number 872 which goes from Desheng Gate Bus station to the tombs - is this correct, and is this the best way to get there?
      Also, once I have visited the tombs can I get a bus to visit the Great Wall at either Badaling or Mutianyu.
      I know tours are available, but I am not a fan of these.
      Thanks for any advice
      Tony

      5 Answers Sep 23, 2013 at 2:33 PM
    • Hutong vs Western Hotel in Beijing

      by peterparker20 Online Now Aug 13, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Hello everyone --- a couple friends and I are traveling to China for the first and probably only time in the foreseeable future.

      We were kind of on the fence whether to stay at a Western hotel vs. staying at a hutong. I think the latter may be a more unique experience, but my friend is concerned that a hutong may have mold, beg bugs, or be generally run down.

      Any opinions? I was looking at a family room at the Xiao Yuan or the Bamboo Garden Hotel (both in Hutong areas) vs. something like Novotel Peace. Or maybe the Shadow Art Hotel which is kind of an in-between.

      Again we're kind of on the fence between hutong and Western hotel --- want to know if some of the more decent hutongs have anything to be worried about potentially or we should play it safe at a more known quantity. Thanks!

      8 Answers Aug 27, 2013 at 12:22 AM