Traveling Across China by Train and Bus
Overnight Train Trip From Beijing to Xi'an
To maximize our experiences in China OAT scheduled an overnight train trip from Beijing to Xi'an (pronouced Chi on).
China, unlike a lot of
modern countries does not have air service to a lot of their major cities. Trains are the way to travel. The pullman
compartments were set up for four people but we had only two per cabin. Our bags were placed in the baggage car and we
carried only our overnight necessities. We left Beijing in the dark and woke up as the train was traveling across China
(see map above) to Xi'an. Taking pictures from a moving train or bus proved challenging and limited but not impossible.
Continue our journey by going to Xi'an, The First Capital
Bus Overland From Wuhan to Three Rivers Dam
We took an early morning flight from Xi'an to Wuhan and then
boarded a bus for a 5 hour ride to the Three River's Dam where we
boarded our cruise ship for a cruise of the Yangtze River.
Continue our journey by going to The Three Rivers Dam
Bus Overland from Chongqing to Chengdu
We disembarked from our cruise in Chongqing (pronounced Chung King) and toured the city.
Chongqing was the headquarters of the U.S. forces in WWII commanded by General "Vinegar" Joe Stillwell between 1942 and 1944.
He was also Ghiang Kai Shek's Chief of Staff. The Stilwell Museum contains maps and photographs as well as a display on the
Flying Tigers. Also located in Chongqing is Hongyan Cun a group of buildings occupied by the Nationalist-Communist "United Front"
government during WWII. The Communist leader Zhou Enlai was located here and Mao visited the area after the surrender of Japan in
1945 to attend the US sponsored talks with the Kuomintang. General Stillwell also worked with Mao and the communist forces to
defeat the Japanese and was a strong advocate of the Communists working with the Kuomiintang and Chiang Kai Shek to form a new
Chinese government. After the Japanese were defeated the Kuomintang attacked the Communist forces and the revolution began.
Stillwell was transfered back to he United States. If you are interested there is an excellent book, "Stillwell",
about Vinegar Joe and the Chinese-Burma Theater in WWII. The rest is history.
After a short tour of Chongqing we took a
5 hour trip by bus overland to Chengdu.
Continue our journey by going to Chengdu
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