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2017 Chinese Public Holiday Travel Rush

China has seven public holidays (the Spring Festival, New Year’s Day, Qingming Festival, May Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Day, and National Day) during which the transport system faces great traffic loads, and this results in difficulty in ticket-booking, especially for train tickets.

Booking 60 Days in Advance Recommended

Due to the substantial passenger flow volumes and the difficulty in booking tickets during the public holidays mentioned above, passengers are highly advised to book 60 days in advance. There are also a number of other minor holidays, such as the beginning and end of university semesters when there is also a rush for tickets.

We will endeavor to get tickets for those passengers who book 60 days in advance with China Highlights, and the chances are ten to one that we can get tickets for you, because China Highlights works with over 100 professional ticket operators.

Foreigners are encouraged to book train tickets with China Highlights, and are also recommended to give us two options (whether you are willing to take other seat classes available on the same train and/or are willing to take the same class of tickets on other available trains). You should also write down your special requirements when booking on our web pages, so we can better understand your needs and book tickets more flexibly. For example, we may be able to book D-trains for passengers to a destination if a G-train service is not available. Of course, we will do our best to get the tickets according to your requirements.

Below is a list of 2017 public holidays for your reference.

Public Holiday 2016
New Year's Day Jan. 1–3
Qingming Festival Apr. 2–4
May Day May 1–3
Dragon Boat Festival May. 9–11
Mid-Autumn Day Sep. 15–17
National Day Oct. 1–7
2017 Spring Festival Jan. 27– Feb. 2, 2017