It was a long weekend holiday in September in China and I m working in shanghai so we decided to plan for a trip to Beijing -capital city of China . We can purchase online high speed train tickets from an online Chinese app or from trip.com(English version ) if you are purchasing from trip.com you have to pay extra service fee since they have English version and it’s more easy for foreigners in China .
Make sure to book early morning train since it takes around 4-5 hours from shanghai to Beijing via high speed train and you can spend the day to cover some nearby places in Beijing .The journey is super convenient but make sure to carry some food with you if you prefer vegetarian food and reach the railway station at least one hour before the departure.
Once we arrived in Beijing station ,you can travel via Beijing metro especially if you have Apple maps since it’s updated in China and very easy for navigation.
We had booked our hotel(happy dragon) in booking.com.make sure that the hotel or apartment allows foreigners before reaching the place since most of the apartments in Airbnb does not allow foreign nationals .