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Old January 2nd, 2009, 05:09 PM   #1
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MISC | From Hong Kong to Bristol By Train

From Hong Kong to Bristol - by train
Saturday, December 20, 2008, 07:00
Bristol Evening Post

It took her 30 days and took in 12 different trains and nine different countries, but Kesty Morrison is one of the few people to travel from China to Bristol solely by rail.

Kesty, 27, from Totterdown, decided to do the epic mile trip after spending 18 months touring around Hong Kong with a travelling theatre company in a production aimed at educating schoolchildren on the dangers of global warming.

Putting her money where her mouth is, Kesty decided not to fly back home, but to take the train, and thus began an incredible journey, taking her through mountain ranges, deserts and forests.

"It was amazing, absolutely amazing," Kesty said.

"I saw some beautiful sights, met some wonderful people and have so many cool stories to tell. It truly was an awesome experience and one that I will never forget."

Kesty did not book any advance tickets for any of her trips, instead turning up at the stations and buying a ticket there and then, sometimes being able to leave immediately and sometimes having to wait a few days.

She said that the waiting in foreign cities, including bustling Beijing, scenic St Petersburg and perfect Paris was one of the highlights of her trip.

She also took a slight detour from Brussels to Paris via Toulouse, for the birthday celebrations of her step-mother in the southern French city.

Kesty said: "I decided to return to Bristol by train because I knew it could be done. I'm not a train spotter, but love travelling and love travelling by train.

"When I looked into it and planned my route, that was it, my mind was made up. I did it because I could do it and I did it to prove that you don't have to travel everywhere by plane."

Kesty grew up in Montpelier and went to Cotham School.

She left Bristol aged 17 to study acting in London. She has acted in theatres across London, and when the opportunity came to be part of a troupe touring Hong Kong, she jumped at the chance.

Now safely back in Bristol with her wanderlust quenched, Kesty spends her time working on new material for CCQ, the band she is lead singer in.

Kesty added: "I had a great time travelling half-way across the world by train, but I think that next time I will just get on an aeroplane. It's so much easier."
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 06:43 PM   #2
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Cool story. I hope one day you will be able to take HSR from Bristol to Hong Kong!!
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Old January 3rd, 2009, 02:09 PM   #3
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wow... .30 days... nice trip...
wish that she appears here and post her travelogue
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Old January 5th, 2009, 04:52 PM   #4
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I've thought about doing that, but have wondered how much it would cost.
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Old January 6th, 2009, 12:26 AM   #5
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that other travelogue from Vienna to PyongYang cost around 500€... so you can give or take few euros and i think price is around there somewhere...
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Old January 6th, 2009, 12:55 AM   #6
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The first/final leg between Hong Kong and Beijing is rather pricey.

http://www.it3.mtr.com.hk/B2C/UserPa...eTable_Eng.asp
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Old January 6th, 2009, 12:32 PM   #7
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Actually price is in HK dollars. Current exchange rate is:
1.00 USD = 7.75395 HKD

http://www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi?Am...rom=USD&To=HKD

(so it is not so much pricey)
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Old January 6th, 2009, 06:13 PM   #8
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Perhaps, but it's highway (or railway) robbery by Chinese standards. The fare from the Hong Kong/Shenzhen border and the city itself is high for an urban rail system, because MTR has a monopoly on the border crossing market.
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Old January 6th, 2009, 07:03 PM   #9
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The border rail services on the Hong Kong side are expensive to subsidize the cheap fares within the city. There is a lot of competition with buses that serve the border crossings + direct bus service to various cities in Guangdong province.
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Interesting how they tried to tie it in with an environmental theme
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 07:04 PM   #11
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I think that jourley can shorten to within 15 days.

HK to Beijing 28 hours
Beijing to Russia about a week

(please advance the remain rounting)
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Old January 25th, 2009, 11:30 AM   #12
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that other travelogue from Vienna to PyongYang cost around 500€... so you can give or take few euros and i think price is around there somewhere...
that's excluding visa, right? because I think with visa, price will be at least double, but it still looks too cheap (not realistic) even 1000€ from Vienna to PyongYang incl. visa + food expenses
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