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Pingyao to Xian train: foreigners get charged 2x the price?

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Pingyao to Xian train: foreigners get charged 2x the price?

A family member booked train tickets for us from Pingyao to Xian (booked via internet)

There was no Soft Sleeper left, so she booked Hard Sleepers. But we were charged the price of a Soft Sleeper.

chinatrainguide.com/xian-railway-station/stn… shows that the Soft Sleeper tickets for train 2669 is between 132 RMB – 130 RMB and the Hard sleeper only cost 83 RMB – 89 RMB.

Our tickets cost 125 RMB – 134 RMB.

She booked directly online, so there was no middle man.

Can someone help explain why? Did the ticket price changed? Or did we actually get a Soft sleeper?

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1. Re: Pingyao to Xian train: foreigners get charged 2x the price?

No point posting the same thing multiple times. Unless your family member can read and write Chinese and has a Chinese bank bank then you used a middle man.

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2. Re: Pingyao to Xian train: foreigners get charged 2x the price?

Again, you get incorrect pricing from chinatrainguide.com. 83 RMB – 89 RMB is price level for hard seat not hard sleeper.

3. Re: Pingyao to Xian train: foreigners get charged 2x the price?

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