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drinking the boiled water on trains.

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drinking the boiled water on trains.

I have just finished reading the TA report about travelling by train in China in which it mentions drinking the boiled water available on the trains at our own peril. Surely if it is boiled it is ok? Anybody had experiences of upset tummies after using it?

Also, are paper cups available to use or do we supply our own, I always know when I am nearly ready for a trip as the silly questions start !

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1. Re: drinking the boiled water on trains.

It's never bothered me. There are cups but they can run out of them.

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2. Re: drinking the boiled water on trains.

I've traveled with trains for decades. I worried about everything espl. the meals made on train, but surprisingly, everything has turned out without problem.

Compared to dishes, packed meal and fruited, I never really concerned about the boiled water and bagged snacks as they are all standardized products also sold in supermarket. Some brands of boiled water may be made only for train travel industry but also safe to drink.

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3. Re: drinking the boiled water on trains.

No paper cup on train everybody need to supply own.

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4. Re: drinking the boiled water on trains.

Not true for C, D and G trains.

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5. Re: drinking the boiled water on trains.

Don't believe in that they could always offer such thing. Before it could be your turn, last one will be gone. You could try asking for it by staff, but don't expect they will always give it to you because you are in China.

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6. Re: drinking the boiled water on trains.

But, you get that for sure if you buy coffee from them.

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7. Re: drinking the boiled water on trains.

Chinese generally have their water bottles with tea. Better bring your own. It happened to me a few times that they were handing out free water bottles before boarding high speed trains (Beijing).

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8. Re: drinking the boiled water on trains.

Better to be dafe than sorry.

take your own water bottle or contaner

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9. Re: drinking the boiled water on trains.

Which part of my very clear first response is difficult to understand? I repeat, there are cups but they can run out of them. To explain further: there are cups but they can run out of them. This means that they do have cups on trains, at least the higher speed ones, but sometimes they will run out of them, which means they all get used up and there are then none left. I think that's clear enough. Of course, you can decide to take your own - no problem, same as any other stuff.

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10. Re: drinking the boiled water on trains.

Thank you for replies - will pack a couple of plastic cups !