Good Bye Beijing
Finally it was time for a new adventure! After visiting the Summer Palace, we went back to the hostel to pick up our bags. I decided it was time to convert my suitcase into a backpack. It was great, except that I had blisters on my feet and the bag was getting heavier and heavier with every step I took.
After a subway ride, and a long walk we arrived to the Beijing West Train Station. Thanks to the holidays, the station was super crowded. To enter the station, they screen your bags like in the airport. The waiting room was full, all seats were taken and people started lining up in front of the gates. We saw many people walk by passed all the people in line, and go all the way to the front of the line, or as close as they could to the gates … nobody complained.
As soon as the gates were open, everybody stood up and got in line…sort of. It was chaos, people pushing and cutting in line. It was an experience in itself. I blocked many attempts to get in front of me, and we got to our 1st class sleeper cabin with private bathroom. The cabin had TVs but we were never able to use them. It was a great cabin except the in China no smoking signs are not respected and we had some neighbors that smoked all the trip and the AC system dispersed the smoke to all the other cabins.