Train adventure from Shanghai, Beijing to Shaolin Temple & Terracota Warriors; Wilson Lee Flores; Philippine Star

China – Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor

I wish our leader Rody R. Duterte godspeed in his bid to become the Philippines’ “Railroad President” when he visits Beijing this month to attend the “One Belt, One Road” infrastructure summit of 28 heads of state.

Apart from modern trains being a dynamic catalyst for rural progress and expanded trade, a train ride is one of the most unforgettable and romantic ways for tourists to travel.

There is indeed romance and a certain magic about train travel, because the experience is less hurried, more leisurely; one can better appreciate the countryside and city views through windows; and there is time for reflection, conversations, dining, reading, meeting strangers and gaining new friends.

The world’s two best regions to enjoy the adventure of rail travel — as I personally experienced years ago — are historic and culturally diverse Europe and China.

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