Beijing Railway Station
In Beijing there are five railway stations. They are Beijing West Railway Station, Beijing Railway Station, Xizhimen Railway Station, Yongdingmen Railway Station and Fengtai Railway Station. Among them, Beijing West Railway Station and Beijing Railway Station are the major rail hubs, where the travelers can take the long journey trains to the most cities in China and the international trains to Moscow, Ulan Bator. The other three stations mostly operate the short journey trains to the neighboring areas of Beijing.
The traffic near Beijing Railway Stations is really bad. The travelers really need to allocate enough time to wind through the traffic to catch the trains on time. The travelers should also pay much attention to the “pick-pockets” in the station areas and prevent the losses of the important travel documents and money.
On Trains there are soft-sleeping berth, hard-sleeping berth, soft-seat and hard-seat on board at your choices. Theoretically train tickets can be purchased at ticket offices at both Beijing and Beijing West Railway Stations 10 days prior to the departures. Passports or other regulated documents are required when buying tickets. However, the process is really time-consuming and tickets are hard to buy there during the tourist peak seasons (Student Summer and Winter Vacations, China Holidays). So using a travel agent like China Connection Tours (http://www.china-tour.cn) to purchase the train tickets is a better choice, which can assure you a peace of mind during traveling.