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Using the cheapest tickets this can be done for around a total of €270 one-way. Běijīng Běijīng–Hanoi Four-berth rail sleepers, twice-weekly trains, departing Běijīng Thursday and Sunday, departing Hanoi (Vietnam) Tuesday and Friday. The journey takes 40 hours and costs around ¥2081 (US$339) from Běijīng to Hanoi one-way and 7 million dong (US$330) from Hanoi to Běijīng. Běijīng–Hong Kong (hard sleeper ¥507, 24 hours, every two days). A high-speed train also connects Běijīng with Shēnzhèn (¥976, 10½ hours, twice daily) from where you can take the metro on to Hong Kong, thus completing the journey in under half a day.
ATreat yourself to a stay at a business or luxury hotel over the weekend when many often drop their rates substantially to cover the shortfall in business customers. Big discounts can also be had on hotel rack rates (the ones we quote in this guide) for online bookings. ARail tickets can be booked online or at stations 45 days in advance. There are sometimes discounts for advance bookings made online; for more details see (Click here). AFixed-price business lunches, common in Russian cities, are a great deal and an ideal way to sample the cuisine at fancier restaurants.
Despite the growth of large, loud cities, Siberian tradition and the Siberian identity survive and thrive. Wooden Houses, IrkutskMARTIN MOOS / GETTY IMAGES © Top Experiences Barguzin Valley The remote and romantically timeless Barguzin Valley (Click here) is said to have been the birthplace of Chinggis (Genghis) Khaan’s mother. It is one of the Baikal region’s most attractive places and, despite the trickle of visitors finding their way into the region these days, remains one of the least visited spots around Lake Baikal.
An Engineer looks at Russia by Wal Hannington