So, your rebutal of the original post could be surmised as: don’t take the train — it’s boring, only as comfortable as a business class flight, and people smell. Not sure who you are aiming this at, but if it’s anyone who has travelled — ever — then they will already be under no illusions on those fronts. If you’ve been on a bus — anywhere, ever — this is going to be better. If you take your own private air-con SUV, and have a driver, it probably won’t compare. But that will cost substantially more. Or you could drive yourself, four days straight at the wheel… Mmmm! Fun times!
If you have to be in New York to sign a deal, and want to be home in time for cocktails, then you probably shouldn’t take the train. But if you’re unafraid of the unwashed masses (My God! Even they can afford a train ticket!), and you’re interested in seeing the shape of the landscape between here and there, I don’t think it’s a bad option.
I’m going to do it myself in a couple of months.
And I’ve spent twenty-nine hours straight on a third-class seat from Beijing to Xi’an — opposite the toilet, which was a hole in the floor of the train. With no door. So, you know, it’s all relative…