China has a well-connected railway system. However, sometimes there might be no direct train running to some beautiful but remote counties/attractions. We provide three solutions for you to solve this kind of problem.
If there are no direct trains from your departure station to your destination, we recommend you use the provincial capital city for a transfer.
Usually, there are most trains available from provincial capital cities to smaller stations in the province.
For example, Changsha, capital of Hunan Province, is a good transfer city for Zhangjiajie, a smaller city in Hunan.
In China, a large proportion of natural attractions don't have a railway station. However, you can often get quite close by taking a train to a nearby county town or city and then taking a coach the rest of the way.
Buses and local transport are usually provided from train stations to tourist destinations. In a coach the air may be a little stuffy, so you may prefer a local taxi or to arrange private transport.
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The view of Zhangjiajie
Zhangjiajie is a popular tourist destination in Hunan Province (湖南省), known for being an inspiration for the movie Avatar.
You can see Avatar Hallelujah Mountain and discover an earthly world version of Pandora in this beautiful scenic spot.
However, only a few cities have direct trains there. The most convenient way is to go to Changsha Railway Station (长沙站) first by bullet train, and then transfer to a normal train.
There are seven trains to Zhangjiajie from Changsha Railway Station, running from 4:26am to 10:14pm. A journey takes about 5 hours and costs about 83.5 yuan.
Fenghuang Ancient Town
Fenghuang has a wonderful natural landscape and special wooden ancient buildings. It has retained its original style, presenting you with the simple and primitive atmosphere you would expect to experience in this ancient town.
It is praised as one of "the most beautiful towns in China".
Follow these steps to get there:
* Reach the coach station by taxi: It takes 35 yuan and costs half an hour to get to Changsha West Coach Station from Changsha Railway Station.
Mount Hua is near Xi’an in Shaanxi Province (陕西省). It is one of the Five Great Mountains in China.
You can enjoy the gorgeous sunrise, sea of clouds, and Buddhist worship sites there.
Only a few cities have direct trains to Mount Hua, so transferring via Xi’an (西安) is recommended.
Xi’an North (西安北火车站) – Huashan North (华山北火车站): It takes about 40 minutes on a high-speed train and costs 54.5 yuan for a second class seat.
These charming places are in the west of Yunnan Province (云南省).
In the Tibetan language, Shangri-La means “the sun and moon in the heart”. It has international fame for its amazing views and mysteries relating to Buddhism.
Lugu Lake is a scenic area without a railway station. If you want go there, the only way is to take a coach. There are many coaches to Lugu Lake from Lijiang Coach Station.
Compared with other big cities in China, the railway service is not very well-developed. If you want to go these places, transferring via Kunming is the top choice.
Follow these steps to get there:
Leshan Giant Buddha (乐山大佛) and Mount Emei are two famous tourist attractions in Sichuan Province (四川省).
Leshan Giant Buddha is the world's largest stone Buddha and it integrates the beauty of a natural heritage and the Buddhist culture.
The most interesting things to see on Mount Emei are the wild monkeys that live there and you can also enjoy its unique snowcapped peaks, underground caves, streams, waterfalls, and forests.
Transferring in Chengdu (成都) will make your journey quite easy.
Recommended trains to Leshan:
Recommended trains to Mount Emei:
Since most of these places are quite remote and not very developed, you'll probably take normal-speed trains quite frequently. Therefore, we think you'll be interested in these two articles: