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train #MR1 VIP Sleeper 4x, China Railways, Nov 5, 2019
Very comfortable carriage. Border crossings were quick.
train #MR1 VIP Sleeper 4x, China Railways, Aug 29, 2019
While these journeys always have the potential for confusion it was easily avoided by the 12Go representative. He was early, sought us out and managed our departure through to the arrival at our compartment, and gave a hand with the luggage. The trip aligned with expectations - old rail equipment, challenging border crossings (2) and train running late; but this is just part of the experience and was easily put into the past when we travelled by the high speed trains ex Nanning. We strongly recommend 12Go Asia.
train #MR1 VIP Sleeper 4x, China Railways, Aug 1, 2019
A very money conscious way to get to and from Hanoi, the stops were a bit of an inconvenience but they are essential border control measures so it was understandable! The facilities were standard, the toilets could’ve been slightly improved and the socket next to my bed didn’t work but the bed was comfy!
train #MR1 VIP Sleeper 4x, China Railways, Jun 11, 2019
On the email I received said there would be a representative there to provide the ticket, I arrived well before an hour ahead and no one showed up, I was lucky enough after alot of confusion the staff gave me a ticket. As previously mentioned in other comments the carriages are worn down compared to the Vietnamese trains. There was only one power socket that didn't work and the beds uncomfortable. The border crossing is very long and painful, don't expect to sleep on the train. That said the staff try to help as much as possible.
train #MR1 VIP Sleeper 4x, China Railways, Mar 10, 2019
Very helpful staff on train. Very comfortable compartments. We did however end up in Guilin main station and not Guilin West as on the ticket, but that suited us just fine
train #MR1 VIP Sleeper 4x, China Railways, Feb 25, 2019
Ticket agent was at the station before I arrived about one hour early. He even found me before I started looking for him. Since the company does a group ticket, you never actually get a ticket and he just shows your ticket to the train conductors. It seems there is a bunch of confusion right before your board the train but it ends up ok. The train ride itself is ok. The 1st class sleepers are more run down compared to the Vietnam railway 1st class sleeper, but still comfortable especially since the condition of the rails on the Chinese side are much better. There was only one power socket in our cabin to be shared with 4 people, and it DIDN'T WORK. so make sure your devices are charged. Also during the time the train is crossing the border, you are NOT ALLOWED TO USE THE RESTROOM. Make sure you go to the toilet before the train stops at the border because it will be HOURS before you will be able to use it again. The border crossing itself was one of the most inefficient and horrible border crossings I've ever experienced. As stated before, you have to get out of bed and get all your bags and exit the train to get stamped out of Vietnam, then get back on the train. The train will sit for an hour still after everyone has returned. Just enough time to fall back asleep and then you again have to take your bags and exit the train to enter China. There is no e-channel at this Chinese border crossing. The train arrives at the Vietnam border gate before 1am and then at the China border gate around 4am. Only after you return to the train after entering China do you have a chance to sleep for a few hours without interruption. If you are hoping for a relaxed sleeper train trip as the other sleeper trains are in Vietnam, this is not it. But it's still an interesting experience, but not sure if I would want to repeat it.
China Railways Stations
Gia Lam Nanning Zhengzhou Changsha Hengyang Guilin West Chongzuo Pingxiang Dong Dang Bac Giang