Posts Tagged "train"

Deepest Yunnan to downtown Hong Kong

Deepest Yunnan to downtown Hong Kong ...and back – by train The prospect of spending 80 hours on six trains with only a solitary day of respite sandwiched in between didn’t fill me with joy.  Direct flights between Lijiang and Hong Kong are costly and only operate once a week.  I’d taken many a wearisome train journey in China but this trip promised to be at least as tiring. The voyage began with me waving goodbye to my girlfriend from the window of a taxi that would take me from Heilongtan to the train station.  It was Read more [...] Read More

The Bandit Train

The Bandit Train In 2009 after a good friend of ours in England sadly passed away, I decided to go and visit my friend who was living and teaching English in Xichang, Sichuan Province. I hardly knew anything about the place, except for my friends descriptions of it being completely different to Beijing and a lot more lawless and wild. So, the next day I packed my bag with a few clothes, my passport and phone charger and headed down to Beijing West train station to buy a ticket and get on the next train down Xichang. After about 20 minutes of trying to explain to an attendant that I was trying to get to 'Xichang' and that I wasn't just pronouncing the word 'Sichuan' in a funny way, he led me through a door and down in to the depths of the station. Beijing West is an absolutely huge station and after about 3 minutes of walking down semi-lit small corridors I realized that this place was not the normal place where people would go Read more [...] Read More