Old Aug 2, 06, 12:20 am
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: NYC/NBO/SAN
Programs: AA EXP
Posts: 300
For the "Z" trains, you should be able to purchase 20 days in advance, and purchase any city-pair at any station selling "Z" train tickets. Thus, within 20 days in advance, your friend should be able to buy two tickets for you in Beijing for the train Xian-Beijing. In fact, I did this exact transaction last week. You can either go to the city ticket office that speaks english (5Y surcharge per ticket) or just go to the train station.

Let us know if your experience is different.
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