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 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!
Xi'an to Chengdu high-speed train will operate in October 2017
Published on May 5th, 2017
The Xi'an to Chengdu high-speed train was first tested on the China Rail network on May 8th, 2017. It takes only 3 hours from Xi'an to Chengdu! A regular high-speed service between Xi'an and Chengdu is expected to begin in October 2017.