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High speed train

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High speed train

we are travelling to Beijing on 2014 April, can anyone tell us, whether we can get a return ticket Beijing- Shanghai and how much it cost or better get a single ticket then return.

do the high speed train stop any provence or the train just goes straight to Shanghai. If train stop in any provence, can we get out there for few days sight seeing and then take the train again to Shanghai.

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You have to buy 2 tickets, there are no return tickets.

Yes it makes a few stops. some trains stop in Nanjing which can be interesting.

Cost is 553RMB for second class tickets. Tickets are sold online 20 days before departure.

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there is no different in price between a return ticket or two single tickets. It costs around RMB550 each way. Yes, the train would presumably stop for a few minutes in some capital cities of provinces.

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Better get a single ticket then return. Different train will make stop at different stations on the way. En route there are Mt. Taishan, Qufu for Confucius mansion and shrines, Nanjing for pre-Beijing-dynasty relics. Any of those places would takes you 2 days.

Edited: 29 November 2013, 03:08
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Are there return tickets? I've never heard of this.

Let's be clear that you can't just buy a ticket and hop-off then get back on again willy-nilly. Tickets are point-to-point, passport-related, and stations are secure areas often with security checks prior to station entry and not just before entry to the platforms.

For current schedules: www.cnvol.com

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many thanks

could you tell me which website I can book online from UK 20 days before departure

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Can't be done. You'll need to use an agent. To be honest, I'd wait until you arrive, assuming you have a few days before your intended trip(s), and buy everything from the ticket office at the airport.

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Tickets go on sale 20 days ahead online on 12306.cn. however to book there you need to read and write Chinese and have a Chinese bank card to pay. Otherwise, if you wish to book ahead then the most mentioned agent is www.china-diy-travel.com You can see their reviews here: tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g294212-d3…

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Only 2-3 days ahead is enough to let you get whatever kinds of ticket you want. Even one day ahead is fine. Most D trains and a number of 2nd class might be sold up. but still eough left for you to choose.

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