This topic had been discussed in several forums, but the more I read the more confused I am:
We're planning to go from Beijing to Pingyao by train in August and would like to avoid night-trains. Our idea is to take a high speed train from Beijing to Tayuan and then another train to Pingyao. Our questions:
1) Is it possible to b buy tickets for this entire trip in advance in Beijing? If yes will three days in advance be enough?
2) According to the time-tables we saw on the internet there is a train leaving from Tayuan for Pingyao only 18 minutes after the one from Beijing arrives. How reliable are the highspeed trains on this route and would you consider this short time enough to change trains?
3) people keep recommending taking the bus to Pingyao. Why would you prefer the bus on this journey? How far is the bus-station away from the train-station in Tayuan?