As you can imagine, existing means of transport do not provide To move so many people. And here begins the problem for travelers who, like us, have not planned their movements in detail and well in advance.
With a carefree XXL, we planted ourselves in the country without just looking at the issue of Chinese New Year. When we knew it, we saw it well because we visited China at a special time of the year. When we began to discuss the problems of transport and accommodation on these dates, we did not give the importance that we know today, for sure, that it has.
In order to get our ticket from train from Beijing to Xián We have seen and desired. Not only because of the general ignorance of the English of the Chinese and our absolute ignorance of the Chinese language, but because when we finally got a translator, they told us that there was nothing available for the next 3 days. In the end, that young kid with a full military uniform - including raincoat because the scratch here is still of the tide - and bracelet of the communist party, got us - and without queues - a first class ticket of a train that will make the tour while we sleep in our beds during part of the 12 hours of the journey.
The truth is that the uncle was very nice and if it had not been for him we would have lost ourselves in those endless queues that were in front of the countless lockers of the West station.
The ticket cost us 800Y - about 100 euros each - but that was it or we were stuck. We consider the option of flying for 130 euros, but we are not in a hurry and we always liked the train.
The same is happening with the accommodation in places like Hong Kong. We wanted to book for the first week of February - the New Year goes from February 3 to 7 this year, although the mess has already begun - and it took us hours to find something to stay without paying a pastón.
When we want to leave Xián for another place by train, I'm afraid we will have it raw again and imagine that we will have to catch a plane at some point.
So I strongly recommend you do one of these two options if you have any idea of coming on the dates of the Chinese New Year: Book both transport and accommodation as soon as possible or simply modify your dates and come before or after the chaos.
We have already eaten it with potatoes and now to defend ourselves as well as possible without giving us dead hours in the queues or we have to sell our bodies - very badly I would have to put the thing - to pay us the tickets and hostels.
Now more than ever I wonder why that green doll that was on TV to tell us about “I am Muzzy… I am green”, did not tell us the same thing in Chinese instead of English. How difficult it is to move here without speaking the language !, almost as much as making love in a Simca 1000.