China's legendary man-made waterway, theGrand Canal, runs from Beijing in north to Hangzhou in south stretching 1,747 kilometers long. It is 10 times the length of the Suez Canal and 20 times of the Panama Canal. It's another wonder made by ancient Chinese.
Interconnecting five rivers, the Haihe, Yellow River, Huaihe River, Yangtze River and the Qaintang River, the canal served as a significant mean of transportation over centuries. it offered much facility to transport food and goods from the south to north and boosted commercial development in the country. The section of Suzhou to Hangzhou now is still in active use. Vendors row their boats directly to households, shops in local townships.
Boat trip along the canal often offers tourists a nice view of China's typical water villages, arched stone bridges, riverside ancient buildings as well as country side.
I plan to go to Hangzhou from Shanghai by train. But I heard we have to make a reservation three days before. is that true?
Generally speaking, the train ticket will be sold about 10 days before the departure. To book a train ticket is not like booking flight ticket, which can be hold using your full name and passport number. Many Chinese people will buy the train ticket, so it is not easy to buy it in China. There are many trains between Hangzhou to Shanghai, you could buy it on the day, but if you would like to take an appointed train, I suggest you buy the ticket in advance. If you would like to realize the timeschedule, please click this link to check:http://www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/ Lussie Lu Replied on 2012-07-17
I would like to leave Hangzhou by bullet train in the morning and arrive in Shanghai Railway Station (not the South Station). Can someone please tell me if there are any available trains and the schedule? And how many luggages can I carry on board? Thank you.
Hi Mei Qi, you can take D5472(0749--0935) or D5674(1137--13:23). Those trains will be arriving in Shanghai Railway Station. There is no specific policy regards to the amount of luggages you can carry on board. Michael Hu Replied on 2010-10-05