NORTH OF ZHANGJIAJIE,HUNAN — Right now, I’m on the 10:16 train to Changsha, which is sitting on a siding to let a faster train pass.

This part of the trip is not so exciting. This is the slow train (K9026), which takes about 8 hours to reach Changsha. Besides that, it’s not air conditioned and it’s about 95F outside. On the bright side, the fans work and it’s not crowded.