Train tickets online booking service in China

To travel around China, you may want to opt to take the train, whether high speed or normal train. For foreigners, we would have to purchase the tickets at the train station, either before or on the day of departure. You will need to plan this into your itinerary.

If it’s not the Chinese holidays or festival, I think that it’s ok to purchase your ticket on the day of departure. Depending on your luck, you may only need to wait about half to one hour before the trains departs. There will be restaurants to rest or eat and some retail shops for you to look around. Otherwise, if you read Chinese and have Unionpay credit card or any China bank’s credit card acceptable by the website as shown below, you may book your tickets online here.

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You will need :

a) Passport

b) Unionpay credit card or acceptable China bank’s credit card

 

Procedures :

1) Register as a user. Please make sure your name and passport number is correct as you will need your passport for verification.

2) Login with your registered account.

3) Search for your journey.

4) Confirm your ticket date, time and departure and arrival stations.

5) Go to “uncompleted transaction” 未完成订单 to retrieve your tickets.

6) Proceed to pay through the following acceptable banks / method.

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7) Once completed, you will see your ticket booking under “completed transactions” 已完成订单.

8) On the day (2 hours before time of departure) or before your departure day, exchange your ticket using the booking confirmation and your passport. You will need an actual ticket that looks like this to board the train.

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For more information, you can look through the FAQ page here.

Have a safe journey! 🙂

 

Where is the IT mall in Shanghai?

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In Kuala Lumpur, there is Lowyat Plaza. In Singapore, there is Sim Lim Square. In Shanghai, you have Buynow 百脑汇. It sells a wide range of products and brands, such as computers, mobile phones and accessories. The are original dealers and also individual sellers with non-original accessories. Be prepared for being overwhelmed with the proactive sellers asking about your shopping list.

 

Main location:
339, Caoxi North Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China.
上海徐汇区漕溪北路339号百脑汇二期徐汇店

Xujiahui Metro Station, Line 1,9 or 11, Exit 3 or 4

Another building:
1F-3F, Metro City Shopping Mall,
1111, Zhao Jia Bang Road
肇嘉浜路1111号美罗城1-3楼

Xujiahui Metro Station, Line 1,9 or 11, Exit 10

You can visit their website at www.buynow.com.cn/

 

Buynow building at Exit 10 is connected to Metro City Shopping Mall. So, if your partner is bored with shopping at Buynow with you, he/she can spend his/her time at Metro City. Metro City has restaurants, food court, fashion retailers, book store, karaoke and many more. Metro City Shopping Mall is also one of Shanghai’s attractions with big LCD globe.

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Vienna cafe, Shanghai

 

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Early Sunday morning started with a little stroll from South Shaanxi Road Metro Station. I was told that there are many cafes around this area but not many opens early.

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It’s a warm European feel of the cafe with indoor lights seating or natural lighting seats. It is a rather small cozy place. If you are going in a group, you can call to make reservation to ensure to get a seat.

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Coincidentally, when we visited, it was Easter day. They had European Style Easter Brunch Buffet for RMB198. As the board says at its entrance, it comes with 1 coffee and a selection of breads, ham, jam, cereals, fruits, etc. Many came with pre-booking. We were lucky to get a seat on that day. We didn’t try the Easter brunch but went for the coffee, toast and cakes.

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They have a wide range of Twinnings tea and coffee. First time being in Vienna Cafe, it’s a normal attraction to try their Vienna Melange, a typical Vienna coffee. It is somewhat similar to cappuccino, where it’s one shot espresso served in large cup topped with milk and milk foam. It’s coffee suit my taste, not too bitter.

 

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There are a varieties of breakfast choices but grilled toast was our choice. Crunchy toast with a choices of cheese and ham, with or without sunny side up. I love the toast.

Being welcome by cakes at the entrance, keep me wanting to try them.

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Cheese cake – A baked soft cheesy cake topped with almond crisps. It’s baked fragrant top brings out the nice taste of the cake. Its butter biscuit base kept the cake taste mild. For me, I prefer the biscuit base to be a slightly more salted biscuits like the Digestives.

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Plum cake – It’s like fruit cake topped with loads of nuts. The plum is not too sweet. A delicious combination, although the first impression when it’s served was a little mashy. You won’t mind the mash after you tasted it.

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Chocolate cake – Chocolaty and not too sweet but I feel it’s a little dry. You will need to have it with the chocolate ganache on top. Otherwise, you will feel dry after 2-3 bites.

Average price range RMB50-RMB100 per person. For more prices, please check out their website below.

Overall rating: 7/10

Location:
25, Shaoxing Road, Shanghai.

Tel: +86 21 6445 2131

Operating hours: 8am – 8pm

Website: http://www.viennashanghai.com/

Restaurant Tom Yam, Serendah

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I was being brought to this place where it’s known as Serendah Tom Yam or Serendah 桥头 Tom Yam (桥头 = bridgehead). The place itself does not have a signboard. It’s kitchen is right in front of the restaurant while the outdoor seatings are at the side.

It was up to my friend to recommend the dishes with just very simple names with a delicious complex taste.

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Six-taste soup 六味汤
On a hot sunny day, let’s start with a refreshing six-taste soup. It can have it hot or cold. It’s a bowl of black grass jelly, with syrup jelly, and cendol (for those I can see). A nice bowl of herbal soup that is not very herbal-ish. I don’t think it’s meant to taste herbal-ish, though.

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Tom yam 
The famous dish of the day, Tom Yam. It’s a spicy tomyam but not spicy enough for some of my friends (that depends on your spiciness tolerance level) and it’s not the sour-ish type. It’s still good with rice. It’s cooked with 2 types of squid (white and brown), prawns, and some chicken meats.

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Foo Yong Egg 芙蓉蛋
Don’t let the plain old brownish fried egg fool you. It’s the brownish parts that makes it’s fragrantly delicious with a generous amount of sliced onions. I love the crispy sides.

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Fried chicken
This chicken is a quick snatch among us. Don’t be intimidated by the burned sides. It’s taste is well marinated and fried to a nice fragrant. The texture is not hard, although it looks so. This is like Chinese popcorn chicken. Once you pop, you can’t stop.

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Fried fish
The crispy top with a soft and tender meat inside, topped with some minced sauce. The minced sauce has a sweet and herbs taste that goes well with the fish or your plain rice. I enjoyed nibbling through the side fins as you can still get the sauce taste after most of it has gone once you flip over the fish.

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Stir-fried kangkung
Stir-fried kangkung at the right texture that is still crunchy. It’s cooked with garlic and dried shrimps. Nice!

For all these, it costs about RM100.

Overall rating: 8/10

Location:
Off Jalan Batu Arang (Main trunk road #1)

GPS coordinates: 3.368337, 101.606927

Tel: +6012 619 0887

Operating hours:
12.00pm – 8.00pm (Closed on Wednesdays, Open on public holidays)

Teng Wun Bakery & Confectionery, Kuala Kubu Bharu

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When you’re at Kuala Kubu Bharu or even just pass-by, drop-by this bakery shop. It has delicious Durian cake and Kaya puff. The other pastries that they also sell are butter sponge cake, egg battered cake, egg tart, peanut cake, kaya roll, and wedding biscuits.

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We came for the Durian cake and Kaya puff.

Durian cake is cream and flower decorated covered over sliced sponge cake with durian paste. The durian taste is so pungent and tasty (especially for durian lover, like me). You will need to pre-order in advance as you can’t get any if you walk in. It comes in 2 sizes, 0.5kg for RM28 and 1kg for RM56.

Kaya puff has a crunchy and fragrant skin over a nice kaya. Careful with the flakes from the skin. It would be best taken warm. It’s RM1.20 per piece.

Butter sponge cake does not have a heavy buttery taste that you can get from those condensed butter cake. This is a soft sponge cake with that you can add with jam or any other toppings you like. I love the burned top that gives a nice smell to it. It’s RM9.00 for a cake.

Overall rating: 8/10

Location:

15, Jalan Dato Muda Jaafar,

44000 Kuala Kubu Bharu,

Selangor, Malaysia.

Tel: +603 6064 1586

Operating hours: 9.00am – 6.00pm