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Train K120 Lanzhou-Xi’an

Posted in China, Lanzhou by folkestonejack on February 25, 2009

After arriving at Lanzhou station we made our way through the obligatory security checks and then up to the soft sleeper waiting room, where we had quite a bit of time to kill before our train was ready to board. Only when our train had arrived were we allowed out onto the dark platforms and into our carriage.

The dark platform at Lanzhou

The dark platform at Lanzhou

Train K120

Train K120

The paper tickets we held were exchanged on board for plastic tokens (the paper tickets would be returned in the morning on our arrival in Xi’an). A slightly alien experience, but fine nevertheless.

The compartments contained four beds and seemed quite comfortable. I found myself a spot on a top bunk and settled in for the night, listening to the tales of my fellow travellers. I had been quite nervous about this aspect of the trip, not knowing what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised by the experience. It was probably just as well, as there was another sleeper yet to come…

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