I'm trying to look up train tickets on chinatripadvisor and chinahilights websites, which are supposed to show real time availability.
The train I want ( G653) Beijing -Xian is showing 100+ tickets available on most days within 20 days from today, however when I search Beijing - Luoyang Longmen on the same day, same train, same route ( it stops at Luoyang ) all tickets are miraculously sold out. So it looks, I can book a ticket to Xian ( more expensive) but I can't to Luoyang ( cheaper ) on the same train!!
This makes me wonder how reliable these online agencies are? They obviously want to make more money by forcing you to buy more expensive tickets to the last destination of the train, not the destination en-route you want.
Can somebody advise how to get these tickets without getting ripped off?