Buying train tickets in foreign countries is always an adventure, unless you're in the Netherlands, where everyone speaks perfect English and they'll probably buy you a Stroopwafel while giving you directions. In China, there are no Stroopwafels. There is only chaos. The board below gives you a good idea of what to expect when you're inside a Chinese train station. Just add water, but instead of water, substitute what feels like 1.3 billion people all waiting in the same queue.
|Timetable board at Hangzhou Railway Station.|
|Waiting to catch the train to Hangzhou, from Shanghai.|
|Too cool; waiting to disembark this morning in Hangzhou, China.|
|Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, China.|