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... then caught the overnight train to Suzhou. 14 hours of travel with 6 per cabin about 6' 6" square with all our luggage too. The beds were 3 high but we ended up with the youngsters so they let us have the bottom bunks. Quite a party and others joined us too so very cozy at times. The thought of 14+hours in those conditions sounds horrendous but it was really fun. Just arrived at our hotel 11 am for a much needed shower and rest before we go out again for a walk round the ...