One of the benefits of being on two Thanksgiving weekend flights is that I
get a LOT of time to read the nifty shiny new travel books. I had the LP
guide to Russia and China delivered to my parents’ house to save a few
bucks, and pretty much read them cover to cover over the weekend. Anyhow,
after the research, it looks like this would be a fantastic general plan,
if given unlimited time and unlimited budget:
Suzdal via Vladimir
Irkutsk and Lake Baikal
Beijing and The Great Wall
Chendgu and Area (incl. Leshan overnight?)
Lhasa (by air from Chengdu)
Tokyo and area
This pretty much leaves us with no longer than 36 or so hours on the train
in any one stint, which is pretty different than expected. But after
reading, there are lot of plusses to stopping in these areas!
So, Geoff, shall we let the train schedules help us figure it out?