Ken, Patrick, Paul and I took a midnight - 7 am train Friday night - Sat morning, hiked Taishan, watched the sunrise Sunday morning, explored Tai'an, took a 8 pm - 5:30 am train Sunday night - Mon morning and made it back in time for class!
I'm studying Chinese at Beijing Language and Culture University (北京语言大学）for two months and living with a host family in Beijing. Then I plan to go to Wuhan to do atomic physics research at the Wuhan Institute for Physics and Mathematics (武汉物理与数学研究所). In between I hope to do some traveling around China!... full info
On the trainWe took hard seats （硬座）overnight and there were many people who only had standing tickets. The train was kind of crazy but less crazy than I expected after reading about hard seats on the internet. Also the seats were not hard and moderately roomy, maybe about the same as airplane seats. I got some sleep. You can see all the people in the picture!