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China's vast railway network
CHINA TRAIN GUIDE
First, the train ride. China has a very efficient train network. I first noticed that in Shanghai. They have massive train stations to start with. Shanghai for example have five train stations and Nanjing got two.
There are two (2) train stations in Nanjing. Nanjing Railway Station and South Railway Station. The Nanjing Railway Station (The Old One) is the main passenger station and all trains on transit stop here for connecting passengers to board. Both train stations are accessible by subway so if you come during the day, going to and from downtown is easy.
Nanjing Railway Station
Established in September 1968, it is located in the north of the old city. The station building has one floor below ground and three floors above ground. Line 1 takes you to Nanjing Railway Station directly. From the metro’s Exit 4, passengers can walk into the railway station directly. When you arrive in the city by train, you can go directly into the subway from the train station.
Nanjing Railway Station (Old)
This station is one of the five major stops on Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway. It is one of the largest railway hub in Asia, some 5 times larger than that of Nanjing Railway Station. There are trains going to Shanghai, Nanchang, Huangshan and Hangzhou from Nanjing South Railway Station everyday. Nanyan Line of Subway Line 1 can take passengers from downtown area to the railway station conveniently. source
We used the old station on two occasions--Shanghai-Nanjing and Nanjing-Beijing. We thought of taking the high speed train to Beijing ( Believe it or not, high speed trains take only 5 hours to Beijing from Nanjing which is almost the entire lenght of Ilocos Norte to Davao) but we finished our tour late and didn't catch the last trip. We took the taxi from our accommodation near Fuzimiao to Nanjing South Railway Station only to find out that we were late so we had to transfer to the old station which is fortunately connected by subway (Line 1) from the new station.
But even if there were no more trains departing from South Nanjing Train Station, we were able to purchase tickets there for an overnight trip. Sleeper train was the best option which costs around 980RMB or roughly 7,000 pesos per person. That's 14,000 pesos for me and my wife!
LENGTH OF TRAVEL
I was seated next to the windows and looking at the view. By that time, we were still passing through the countryside and there was nothing much but farms and a few houses scattered in a vast area of flat land. I also noticed the haste at that time so the horizon was not clear and it is not easy to see the view afar.
We had a quick breakfast at a McDonalds branch inside the station then found our way to the subway station (inter-city) and eventually to our accommodation.