The idea of train travel abroad can be daunting and if you add the words China, crowded stations, and limited english facilities, it’s enough to bring on an anxiety attack even to the hardcore traveller. Yet it doesn’t have to be that bad, you can take a train through China and survive. I’ll tell you how.

Part of the plan on a recent trip to China, was to look and awe at the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an. Not because I had a fascination with them, but an obligation to my mother. A well-read lady with a deep admiration for this ancient wonder.

Xi’an is a city located in the northwest of China. To get there from Beijing where I was staying, you need to either fly, bus or train it–1000 kms each way. Most of you who have been following my travels know I prefer train travel. The jungle train journey in Malaysia was a highlight for me and a number of you. Naturally my trip to Xi’an was by train, an overnight sleeper that would take me there and back to Beijing a couple of days later.

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