Between Beijing and the final Ultimate Train Challenge destination of Saigon six days later, we ride on five different trains, including the flashy world’s fastest train from Beijing to Shanghai, some not-so-flashy trains, and a few in between (all things being relative).

Three of our six nights between Beijing and Saigon are spent on trains, so I have lots of time to experience Asian travel culture, make friends, and bide my time while watching the world go by.

Here are some of my random experiences:

Random Experience #2: Hand-Holding

While waiting for the train, two small adorable Chinese women in some sort of uniform come trotting (literally trotting) by me, holding hands. It’s not until they’ve passed that I can see the bold writing across the backs of their cute little uniforms: SECURITY. Where I come from, security personnel are usually intimidating. This is just endearing.

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