I am in China and want to buy a train ticket neither online nor at the station but from a travel agent that is able to issue such tickets.
How do I find a travel agency that issues Chinese train tickets? (At a resonable price, see example below.) Is there a map or listing of such agents?
I am aware that train tickets are best bought in advance in China. The window to buy advance tickets is larger when buying those tickets from an agency instead of at the station and that is what I need.
I am further aware that such resellers exist (I have personally used their services) but I found them hard to locate. Despite having lived in Shanghai for quite some time, I know of only one such place and it took me half a day to find it. It is also just a hole in the wall in a side street that I would not typically pass by. The commission was only RMB5 or something like this and I got my ticket right away, which is why I prefer this way over ordering the ticket online.
Assume that I
- already know the precise train ticket I want
- also know there are still seats available for this train and class
- have my passport with me
- know enough Chinese to communicate at the agency