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How to Buy Train Ticket from Beijing to Xian

hershe ting ( philippines ) July 25,2014

How to purchase the train ticket for 2nd class seat G651 7:05 am, departure from Beijing to Xian in advance .We are four people.

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) July 25,2014

Sophie Huang
Dear Hershe Ting,

Greetings from Sophie, tour advisor in Top China Travel!
Thank you very much for your questions.
Well noted that you are 4 person and hope to buy high speed train tickets from Beijing to Xian.

At first, please kindly be advised that train tickets are requested to issued 20 days prior to the arrival date in China. For those places which have less train between cities, it is better to book early and issue the tickets as the requirement.

Regarding to your requests, we have 2 pieces of suggestion,
1)
Book it through travel agency. The problem is that travel agency will charge handling fee. If you do not have time to pick up from travel agency’s office in Beijing, you could request them to deliver it to your hotel, but extra delivery fee will be charged. You need to offer your passport copy to travel agency, your travel date and what class seat you would like to stay. You will also need to prepay to the travel agency.

2) Buy the tickets on the morning when you take the train. You could arrive at Beijing West Railway Station around 1-1.5 hours earlier than the departure time and buy the tickets with your passport directly. Or if you have several days in Beijing before going to Xian, you could buy it before your departure date. As you know, there are many high speed trains each day from Beijing to Xian and your train is in the early morning, generally speaking, the tickets for 2nd seat are available before the train departs.

Hope the above is clear and helpful.

Shour you have any questions, please do not hestitate to contact with us.

Best regards

Sophie Huang
Top China Travel

How to Reach Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from Lijiang Old Town

Diana ( Indonesia ) July 24,2014

If staying at Lijiang Old Town, how did you guy get to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain? What option I can have? Traveling time and fare?

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) July 24,2014

Sophie Huang
Hi, Diana,

Greetings from Sophie, Top China Travel!
Thank you very much for your questions.

Jade Dragon Snow Mount is located around 15 km away from Lijiang. When you visit to Jade Dragon Snow Mount, you will need to take cable car. You will find there are 2 cable stations. The nearest one is to The Spruce Meadow, the farther one is to The Yak Meadow and Glacier Park. Three of them are at different cable car fee. The Spruce Meadow is nearer, so it is cheaper. Glacier park is the farthest and highest one, so it is most expensive.

There are 2 ways from Lijiang Ancient Town to Jade Dragon Snow Mount,

1)Take Bus No 7 from Red Sun Square to Jade Dragon Snow Mount Customer Service Center. Bus No 7 is a kind of minivan, but not as big as bus in other cities. The bus fare is around RMB15 per person per way. The last bus from Jade Dragon Snow Mount Customer Service Center back to Lijiang city is at around 17:30. If you would like to take it, just remember to get there earlier.

2)Take taxi or rent a minivan. The rental fee is around RMB100 per van per way. Therefore, if you have more than 4 persons, this way is more convenient. But you must remember avoid the shopping stops or any tourism spot recommended by the taxi driver or mini-van driver, just ask him to go to your destination directly.

Hope the above is clear and helpful.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact with us.

Best regards

Sophie Huang
Top China Travel

How to Go to Stone Forest from Kunming

Mohamed ( Bangladeshi ) July 24,2014

Hi, I am planning a Yunnan tour and will have 1 day stop in Kunming. May I know how can I get to Stone Forest from Kunming downtown?

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) July 24,2014

Sophie Huang
Dear Mohamed,

Greetings!
Thank you very much for your questions.
Well noted that you hope to arrange a one day tour from Kunming to Stone Forest and hope to know how you could get to Stone Forest.
If you hope the tour more comfortable and you do not need to bother finding bus, I suggest you contact with a travel agency and ask them to arrange the tour for you in advance.

If you hope to do that on your own, there are 2 ways to go to Stone Forest from Kunming

@ Bus
1.Take Bus from the Bus stations in Kunming to Stone Forest
2.Take Bus at the Square in front of Kunming Raiway Station to Stone Forest
3.Take the Bus from Kunming to Luping, Luliang direction, and have a stop at Stone Forest
Duration: Around 2 hours
Ticket fare: RMB23-25 per person per way
Note: We suggest you take the morning bus to then you will have enough time to visit Stone Forest and have time take bus back to Kunming for accommodation.

@Train
There are several train starting from Kunming Railway Station to other cities, such as Nanning, Zhanjiang, Guilin and Shanghai, have a stop at Stone Forest. It is also convenient, but there aren’t many choices. Therefore, it is not suitable for 1 days tour. Anyway, train schedule is as below,
Train K366 Kunming-Stone Forest 1023/1208
Train K984 Kunming-Stone Forest 1128/1311
Train K986 Kunming-Stone Forest 1600/1733
Train T382 Kuming-Stone Forest 1849/2027
Duration: Around 1.5-2 hours
Ticket fare for hard seat: RMB20 per person per way
Note:
1.Train tickets request to issued 20 days prior to the depart date to avoid unavailability on the travel day.
2.If you arrange go to Stone Forest and back to Kunming on the same day, I suggest you take Train K366, which is in the morning.
3.If you arrange to stay one night at Stone Forest and back to Kunming next day, I suggest you take K986 or T382, which are in the afternoon.

Hope the above is clear and helpful.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know.
Best regards

Sophie Huang
Top China Travel

Which Part of Beijing is Best for Stay

Jeremy ( USA ) July 24,2014

In which area/district should I book my hotel at? Does location matter in Beijing?

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) July 24,2014

Sophie Huang
Dear Jeremy,

Greetings!
Thanks for your questions.
 
At first, please kindly be advised location does not matter much in Beijing, such a modern city.
Nowadays, the metro system expand wide in Beijing. It is convenient to take this public transportation travel to the scenic spots within Beijing downtown, except Great Wall.

Therefore, when you book hotels, you could choose the hotels not far from city center. Generally speaking, the location within Three Ring Road of Beijing will be ok. Then it is better to choose a hotel which is near to subway stop. It will be very convenient and economic when you travel around. If you hope to do some shopping after tour, the hotel location should be near to some commercial center, such as Yanshan, Xidan, Wangfujing, ect. When the hotel near to commercial center, it is also easy to find restaurant for meals.

Besides, when you decide which part to stay, it also depends on your interests. If you prefer to try Beijing traditional courtyard hotel or hostel, then most of them are located in Hutong, which are in the city center. But the problem for such kind of hotels is the transportation. As you know, Hutong is a kind of narrow lane. In this case, taxi can not reach most of them. So you will need to get off the taxi at the entrance of the Hutong, then walk along the lane to a such hotel. If you prefer international chain hotel, it is easy to find and book one at very good location, such as Wangfujing Street, which is the most central place in Beijing.

Furthermore, when you decide to find a place to book a hotel, the hotel in Dongcheng (East of the City) District will be better than that in East District, because it is nearer to Beijing Capital Airport.

Hope the above is helpful. More Beijing hotel information, please check http://www.topchinatravel.com/beijing/beijing-hotels.htm

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact with us.

Best regards

Sophie Huang
Top China Travel

When does the 6 days Beijing Shanghai high-speed train experience tour start in 2015?

George Nakamura ( Brazil ) July 24,2014

Could You please inform when the 6 days Beijing to Shanghai high-speed train experience tour starts in March 2015? They start everyday or is there specific days to start a tour? Regards

Vicky Lu( TCT Sales Representative ) July 24,2014

Vicky Lu
Dear George Nakamura,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!
  
I notice that you left the question on http://www.topchinatravel.com/china-tours/6-days-beijing-shanghai-high-speed-train-experience/index.htm page. Is this 6 Days Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Train Tour that you are inquiring for?
 
If yes, I am glad to inform you that the 6 Days Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Train Tour can start on any date you like. For this tour is on private basis, it starts every day based on your convenience.
 
Could you please give us some more details so that we can offer you a detailed itinerary of 6 Days Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Train Tour with quotation for your consideration?
1.When are you planning to enjoy your tour in China?
2.How many people will there be in your group?
3.Do you need us to make hotel reservation for your? If yes, what kind of hotel would you prefer to stay in? 5 star for deluxe hotel? 4 star for first-class comfortable hotel or 3 star for budget hotel?
 
Any further request or question, please feel free to contact with us.
 
Many thanks & Best regards

 

Can you quote me 2-day Guangzhou tour for 2 pax including lunch and dinner?

Julie ( Malaysia ) July 24,2014

Can you quote me a 2-day Guongzhou tour for 2 pax, including lunch & dinner, pick up & return at hotel ?

Vicky Lu( TCT Sales Representative ) July 24,2014

Vicky Lu
Dear Julie,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!

Greeting from Vicky, Top China Travel.
 
 
The following information is left by you on the website:
"Can u quote me 2 days guong zhou, pick up & return at hotel for 2 pax including lunch & dinner?"
 
We are honored to offer you a 2-day Guangzhou Tour with pick up & return at hotel for 2 pax, including lunch & dinne.
 
But We may need some more details to work out a tentative itinerary with quotation for you.
 
Firstly, could you please tell me when you are going to take this 2-day tour in Guangzhou?
 
Secondly, do you need us to book hotel for you or you make the hotel reservation on your own? If you need us to book hotel for you, then what kind of hotel would you like to stay in? 5 star for deluxe hotel? 4 star for first-class comfortable hotel or 3 star for budget hotel?
 
Thirdly, Do you want to book other service with us such as airport-hotel & hotel-airport transferring?
 
Look forward to hearing from you soon. I always receive your message with great pleasure!
 
Many thanks & Best regards

Any further request or question, please feel free to contact with us.

Dali is Better to Visit Than Shangri-la?

Susana ( USA ) July 23,2014

Hi I am planning to visit Lijiang for 3 days. After that, I plan either to visit Dali or Shangri-la. Which one is worth to visit and why? which cities has more activities and better scenery? Thanks !

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) July 23,2014

Sophie Huang
Dear Susana,

Greetings !
Thank you very much for your questions.

At first please kindly be advised that Dali and Shangri-la have different view and there are view and culture differences as below,
1)Geography:The altitude of Dali is lower than Lijiang and Shangri-la. Some people do not get altitude sick, but when they go to Shangri-la, they might have. This is one factor which you need to consider when you decide where to go after Lijiang tour.

2)Culture: Dali was original Kingdom of Nanzhao. Except Han people, the most minority people here is Bai people. Shangri-la is located at the border of Yunnan and Tibet, the most minority people in Shangri-la is Tibetan people. Therefore, they have different and various culture and customs

3)Landscape: In Dali, the natural view is more same to that in Kunming and Lijiang. The view in Lijiang is between Dali and Shangri-la as it is located in the middle of both places. Shangri-la has more plateau view.

I do suggest you go to visit Shangri-la after Lijiang tour to see Tibetan and highland view as you have already been in Lijiang, not far from Shangri-la. You could take afternoon bus to Shangri-la from Lijiang on the 3rd day. Then one full day Shangri-la tour and 2 nights in Shangri-la. After that, fly to Kunming for departure.

If your budget does not allow, you could choose Dali as Dali is just on the way back to Kunming. There are bus and train between Lijiang and Dali. It is helpful to reduce tour cost. Then there are also train and bus between Dali and Kunming.

It is better to decide which to go according to what you want to see and your tour budget. If you have enough time and budget, both places are worth to visit. They are both the best destination to visit in Yunnan province.

Hope the above is clear and helpful. Check more Yunnan tour:
http://www.topchinatravel.com/yunnan/yunnan-tours.htm

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact with us.

Best regards

Sophie Huang
Top China Travel

How to Get to Yichang Train Station from Yichang dock

Frieda ( India ) July 23,2014

I am going to take a Yangtze River Cruise from Chongqing to Yichang. After I get disembarked from the ship, I would like to take a bullet train from Yichang to get to Chengdu, so that I can see the pandas there. But I do not know how to get to Yichang Train Station from Yichang dock. Is it very far? How long does it take? Please advise, thanks in advance.

Vicky Lu( TCT Sales Representative ) July 23,2014

Vicky Lu
Dear Frieda,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!

Yangtze River cruises use three docks in Yichang: New Century Port, Taohuacun Port (Peach Flower Village Port) and Yichang Passenger Port. Yichang Passenger Port is located in the city area but Yangtze cruises seldom use it. Yichang New Century Port (located at No.1 Jianshe Road, Xiling District, Yichang City) and Taohuacun Port (located at Yemingzhu Road, Xiling District, Yichang City) are the main docks used for Yangtze River cruise ships. New Century Port is located 5 kilometers from Taohuacun Port. And Taxi and bus are both available between them.

New Century Port and Taohuacun Port are about 30 kilometers or takes 30-40 minutes by car from downtown Yichang city. Normally, Victoria Cruises, New Century Cruises and President Cruises stop at New Century Port, but sometimes it may be changed according to the river condition, so you'd better check before you cruise, making sure you know the adequate boarding time and port.

Usually, the bullet trains depart from Yichang East Train Station. So you need to get to Yichang East Train Station to catch a bullet train to Chengdu.

There are a couple of options for you to get to Yichang East Train Station from Yichang dock (take New Century Port as example). New Century Port is 24 km away from Yichang East Train Station.

►Option 1 By Car Rental
It is highly recommended for you to rent a car from Yichang dock to Yichang East Train Station from a travel agency, so that you can avoid language difficulties and the difficulties to find the way to catch a public vehicle. TopChinaTravel can offer privacy pickup service from Yichang dock to Yichang East Train Station for you. If you need it, just let us know by sending email to sales@topchinatravel.com. It takes about 20 minutes by car to take you there. 

►Option 2 By Taxi
It takes about 20 minutes by taxi from Yichang dock to Yichang East Train Station. And it cost about 60 RMB.

Any further request or question, please feel free to contact with us.

How to Get to Yichang airport from Yichang dock

Edith ( USA ) July 23,2014

My family of 5 is planning to take a cruise from Chongqing to Yichang. After we arrive at the dock of Yichang, what is the easiest way to the Yichang airport? We are going to fly from Yichang to Shanghai after the cruise. Is the airport shuttle stop near the dock? Is downtown Yichang near the dock? How long does it take to travel from the dock to the airport? Your information is much appreciated, thanks

Vicky Lu( TCT Sales Representative ) July 23,2014

Vicky Lu
Dear Edith,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel

Yangtze cruises use three docks in Yichang: New Century Port, Taohuacun Port (Peach Flower Village Port) and Yichang Passenger Port. Yichang Passenger Port is located in the city area but Yangtze cruises seldom use it. Yichang New Century Port (located at No.1 Jianshe Road, Xiling District, Yichang City) and Taohuacun Port (located at Yemingzhu Road, Xiling District, Yichang City)are the main docks used for Yangtze River cruise ships. New Century Port is located 5 kilometers from Taohuacun Port. And Taxi and bus are both available between them.

For downtown Yichang is still quite a distance, New Century Port and Taohuacun Port are about 30 kilometers or takes 30-40 minutes by car from downtown Yichang city. Normally, Victoria Cruises, New Century Cruises and President Cruises stop at New Century Port, but sometimes it may be changed according to the river condition, so you'd better check before you cruise, making sure you know the adequate boarding time and port.

There are a couple of options for you to get to Yichang airport from Yichang dock (take New Century Port as example). But to be noticed, that there is no shuttle bus between the dock and the airport. 

►Options 1 By Car Rental
If you feel some troubles or are afraid of the language difficulties, you can ask us to pick up you at the Chongqing airport. TopChinaTrave offer privacy pickup service from Yichang dock to Yichang airport. If you need it, just let us know by sending email to sales@topchinatravel.com. By the way, the public transport is not as well-developed as that in Chongqing and Shanghai. And you do not have to worry about wasting time finding a taxi and the way to catch a public vehicle. So it is highly recommended to transfer by Car Rental for your family. It is about 45-minute-drive from Yichang dock to the airport.

You can take a taxi, but it may be crowded for you five people in a taxi. Moreover, for you just take a cruise, there must be too much luggage. It may be better for you to arrange a transfer in advance.

►Option 2 By Taxi
It is about 39 kilometers (24 miles) from Yichang Airport to New Century Pier or Taohuacun Port. It takes about one hour and costs about 120 Yuan by taxi.

►Option 3 By Bus
You can also Bus No. 10 near Yichang New Century Port and get off at Yichang downtown. Then transfer to airport express or taxi to get the airport.

Any further request or question, please feel free to contact with us.

How to Get to Chaotianmen Dock/Pier from Chongqing North Train Station

Charlene ( Philipines ) July 23,2014

I am traveling from Chengdu to Chongqing by bullet train, so that I can enjoy my Yangtze River Cruise which departs from there. But how can I get to the Chongqing Chaotianmen Dock/Pier after I get off the bullet train? By the way, the train will arrive at Chongqing North Train Station, am I right?

Vicky Lu( TCT Sales Representative ) July 23,2014

Vicky Lu
Dear Charlene,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel

The bullet trains from Chengdu to Chongqing will depart either from Chengdu Train Station or Chengdu East Train Station, which will depends on which train you take. And they will all arrive at Chongqing North Train Station.

Chongqing Chaotianmen Dock/Pier is situated at the junction of the Yangtze River and Jialing River of the northeast of the Chongqing city. And it is near to Chongqing main city centre and the most prosperous CBD central business district of Chongqing. Normally, downstream Yangtze River Cruise from Chongqing to Yichang departs from this dock, so it is the starting point of downstream Yangtze River Cruise.

Chongqing Chaotianmen Dock/Pier is about 15 kilometers away from Chongqing North Train Station. There are a few ways to get to the dock from Chongqing North Train Station. 

►Option 1 By Car Rental
If you feel some troubles or are afraid of the language difficulties, you can ask us to pick up you at the Chongqing North Train Station. TopChinaTrave offer privacy pickup service at Chongqing North Train Station and transfer you to Chongqing Chaotianmen Dock. If you need it, just let us know by sending email to sales@topchinatravel.com.

►Option 2 By Taxi
Taking taxis can save you much more time for your tour and be most convenient for your travel. You can hip on a taxi when you get out the train station. It will cost you about RMB 20 and about 20 minutes to get to the dock (with traffic jam).

►Option 3 By Public Bus
There is a Longtousi Bus Terminal near to Chongqing North Train Station. Here you can take Bus No.10 and get off at Suodao Stop in Xinhua Road. Then you need to walk for 5oo meters to reach Chaotianmen Dock/Pier. The whole time duration takes about 35 minutes.

►Option 4 By Light Rail Transit + Subway
You can take Light Rail Transit No.3 near Chongqing North Train Station and get off at Liang Lu Kou. Then transfer to Metro Line No.1 to take you to Xiaoshizi. After get out of the subway station, you still need to walk for 10 minutes to reach the dock. The whole trip will take about 45 minutes and the cost is about RMB 7.

Any further request or question, please feel free to contact with us.
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