Beijing to Hanoi by Rail, the Backpacker’s Choice
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Both China and Vietnam offer a diverse selection of attractions and sites that allow you to experience the many variations in cultures, customs and languages that will amaze even the most experienced of travelers. Whilst you could spend months traveling around these great countries, one of the best and cheapest ways to get a taste of your own China tailor-made or Vietnam tailor-made adventure is through the extensive and impressive interconnecting rail system that allows even the most budget of travelers to move around with ease.
One of the most popular routes is from the northern city of Beijing down to the northern city of Hanoi, in Vietnam. Ticket’s ranging from as little as, 2,156 RMB ( 220 or $320). Below is a small peak at some of the must see areas and sites but does not do enough justice to how much these amazing countries have to offer.
Beijing, the capital of China consists of a blend of the old and the new, encompassing a reputation of being the nations political, economic and international trade center, set amongst some of the world’s greatest historical and cultural sites.
The Great Wall of China, one of the great wonders of the world, being visible from space, is a truly breathtaking site not to be missed. Other must see attractions whilst in Beijing include the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Summer Place.
Zhengzhou lies in north-central China and is great destination to embrace the local culture. Be sure to dine at an authentic Sichuan restaurant whilst drinking a bottle of Dynasty wine, followed by an evening enjoying the famous local music of the Henan Province at the Yu Opera. Other must see sites include the Shaolin Temple and the Henan Provincial Museum.
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