The air traffic restrictions from July 22 to August 15 have forced hundreds of flights to be delayed or canceled in East and Central China. More disruptions should be expected for these 12 airports: Shanghai Hongqiao, Shanghai Pudong, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Hefei, Jinan, Wuxi, Ningbo, Qingdao, Lianyugang, Zhengzhou, and Wuhan.
It is estimated that there will be an increasing demand for trains to/from the 11 cities as more passengers will switch from plane to train. Besides, the summer holidays from early July till late August will also generate a higher demand for trains. Many people go on outings by train during the summer vacation.
China Highlights recommends that travelers buy train tickets for cities in the affected areas in the summer period 20 days in advance, or as early as possible. For those who self-collect tickets at stations, China Highlights recommends you arrive at the station early, as there may be long queues at collection points.