I enjoy taking trains all over China exploring the various landscapes but the moment you board the train is always an exciting moment filled with anxiety for the journey ahead and relief that you caught the train on time. The photo below is my attempt on trying to capture this moment and feelings before I boarded the train at Baotou, Inner Mongolia en route back to Beijing for a 14 hour train ride. The longest train ride that I have ever experienced in China is 45 hours from Wuhan to Urumqi in Xinjiang province to the far west. You basically have 4 options in China on a train: standing, sitting, hard sleepers and soft sleepers. Obviously, the soft sleepers are the most expensive and you get a private compartment that can fit up to 4 people. Long distance train rides are great environments to converse with local people and connect with their lives over instant noodles or drinks.
Go Katayama – Photojournalist in Beijing by Go Katayama is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at gokatayama.com.