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China is now known to have the world’s vastest and fastest train network. Being possibly the most economic means of travel, train is flavored domestically and it is still highly likely to encounter ticket shortage during important festivals and national holidays. That being said, the railway system is not necessarily friendly to foreigners. Here are some articles that would help you understand what to expect for booking trains in China:
Choose between high-speed trains and ordinary trains, and between different classes of seat, according to your needs.More
When you read a ticket, please pay attention to the Chinese character and pinyin after a place name. Directions: north, south, east, and west are printed in pinyin on tickets instead of English, respectively Bei, Nan, Dong, and Xi. For example Beijing South Railway Station will be printed as Beijing Nan () on a ticket (see the second ticket below), Beijing East is showed as Beijing Dong (), Beijing West (Beijing Xi, ), and Beijing North (Beijing Bei, ). Please make sure you are going to the correct train station. How to Read a Train Ticket?
Taking a train in China is very different from in western countries. The article below may help make your journey smoother and more convenient.
The Lanzhou - Chongqing High-Speed Railway Line Is Opening This Year!
Published on June 29th, 2017
Construction of the Lanzhou to Chongqing high-speed railway line was completed on June 19th and will open for service by the end of this year. The train journey from Lanzhou to Chongqing will be shortened from 21 hours to 6.5 hours.
China Rail Timetables will Be Revised from July 2017 Onwards
Published on June 2nd, 2017
China Rail will adjust timetables nationally from July 1st, 2017. Tickets for trains departing before June 28th are currently available for purchase. Tickets for train journeys on and after June 28th will be available for purchase from June 6th.
The first high-speed train on the Silk Road is about to run!
Published on May 18th, 2017
A service from Baoji to Lanzhou will start running later this year (2017). It will take only 3 hours from Xi’an to Lanzhou!