We loaded into buses headed for the train station before it was even light outside. I don't remember the exact time except that it was very very early. It was snowing lightly. The bus dropped us off on the other side of a traffic circle in front of the train station. We all crossed the wide boulevard with our luggage in tow. Fortunately the air was so dry that the snow that was falling on us evaporated immediately.
We got to the station in plenty of time for our departure for Beijing. Fortunately most of us were able to find a place to sit/sleep while we waited. Our high speed train looked almost exactly like the one picture below:
As we travelled to Beijing I took a few pictures out of the window. These smoke stacks were everywhere.
We also passed row upon row of what look like chicken coops to me, being from Maryland. I have no idea what they were, but we saw them all over the place.
Eventually I became bored with the scenery outside and took a few pictures of this adorable cutie instead.
The train ride lasted several hours at least. It was great to finally arrive at the Beijing train station, knowing that this time it wasn't just a transfer point.
We got to spend two whole nights in this beautiful and immaculately clean room. This was the first hotel that had self-service guest laundry. It was so nice to have a chance to wash all of our clothes.
We played another wonderful concert at the Beijing Concert Hall and looked forward having the next day completely free for sightseeing.