Buying train tickets in China

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.