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Guide to China's High-Speed Railway Trains

Bullet train was first introduced into China in 2008, and since then, China's rail witnessed a boom of this fast way of transportation across the country. At the end of 2009, China's first high-speed rail line-Wuguang High-Speed Rail Line was put into use to link Guangzhou and Wuhan. The operation of the high rail line marks another stage of China's rail system. Currently there are five major high-speed rail lines: Beijing-Shanghai, Beijing-Tianjin, Shanghai-Nanjing, Shanghai-Hangzhou, and Guangzhou-Wuhan.

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D Category Train

D category train is the first kind of bullet train. It has a speed of over 200 km/h. This kind of trains mainly use on the popular rail lines connecting major cities, such as trains Beijing/Shanghai, Beijing/Zhengzhou, Guangzhou/Shenzhen, Shanghai/Hangzhou, Shanghai/Nanjing,.Trains only stop at a few major stops along the way.

G Category Trains

G trains refer to trains running on the high-speed rail line. This category train has a speed of over 300 kilometers per hour. G trains operate in the following routes (See High-Speed Rails in China):

Major Traion Stations for the Bullet Trains

Many train stations in China serve bullet trains. See the Top Four Largest Bullet Train Stations below:

Facilities Onboard

There are no sleeper cars in G train (D trains on long route may have sleeper cars). It has four kinds of seat: business class seat, superior class seat, first-class seat and second class seat (all are soft seats). For example, the price of a second class seat of Beijing - Xian is $84, a first class seat $133, a superior seat $159, and a business seat $262.

There are two seats on each side of the aisle in the first class seat car, and three seats on one side and two seats on the other in the second class car. Business class seats are the most luxurious ones on G trains, its sightseeing zone allows great views right behind the driver. The Business Class carriages are spacious with two meters’ (6.6 feet) space between two rows. There are three seats in a row - two on one side and one on the other side of the aisle. Kindly note that business Class seats are only available in several trains, from Beijing to Xi’an they are only available on afternoon trains, from Xi’an to Beijing they are only available on morning trains. Attached file please find the pictures of both class.

There are restaurant car and bar in the train. The car is fully air-conditioned, and the floor is coved with carpet. The seat is adjustable. There are flush toilets and toilet paper. Both hot and cold water is available in the washing room. Special toilets for the handicapped and people with kids are available.

All the waiters and waitresses on the train can be compared to that of the flight, young and good-looking.

  • Business Seats

  • Superior Seats

  • First Class Seats

  • Second Class Seats

  • Dining car inside the train

  • Toilet inside the train

Baggage Allowance

Carry-on Baggage

The maximum carry-on baggage allowance for each passenger is 20 kg. The size may not exceed 60*35*35. Carry-on baggage in excess of the limit is subject to an excess baggage fee and must be carried as checked baggage. See China train baggage allowance

How to Buy Train Tickets

Tickets for bullet trains begin to sell 10 days in advance. You can buy the ticket at railway stations or book it through a travel agency or book online. There are ticket dispenser at major railway stations such as railway stations in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Book in advance is needed during peak travel periods such as weekends, Chinese New Year and National Holiday. From June 1, 2011, passengers need to present their valid ID (passport) to buy bullet train tickets (including tickets of C trains, D trains, and G trains). See details on how to buy train tickets in China?

How to Read the G Category Trains Ticket