China’s train network really is a thing of wonder: the country boasts more high-speed rail than the rest of the world combined. And if zipping between megacities at 300 kilometers per hour wasn’t impressive enough, the fact they almost always arrive bang on time makes them an invaluable option for those that find themselves stressed out by seemingly endless delays on the country’s domestic flight routes. In fact, before you sit back and relax, you have just one decision to make. Which class? To help kick off your journey in the best possible way Bespoke presents a primer to picking the seat that is best for you!
The lowest pricing option, second class offers up your bog standard, garden variety train seat. Nothing to get excited about here, but then again it’s probably better than you expected. Whilst they’re comfortable enough, these carriages can feel a bit cramped when trains are full to capacity, especially for those that end up in the dreaded middle seat (exact positions cannot be chosen). Those that enjoy their personal space and/or are traveling with more luggage might want to consider bumping themselves up a grade or two. (Sample price: Beijing to Shanghai approximately 555RMB)