Traveling by train in China is one of the cheapest ways to travel some of the long distances in China and is increasingly popular among foreign travelers. It is important to have a basic idea of what trains in China are like if you decide to travel by train in China. English is generally not spoken by any of the staff on the trains or in the railway stations. Limited English sign is available in the railway stations. A separate waiting lounge is available in the railway stations for passengers traveling in the soft sleeper section. Preferential boarding is available for those passengers. See how to board a Chinese train?

Popular Train Routes & Schedule

Train routes connected with China's major tourist cities or centered around big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai are frequently used by travelers. The reasons are there are more frequencies and the facilities on trains on these routes are new. See below all popular train travel routes:

China High-speed Trains

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Bullet train was first introduced into China in 2008, and since then, China's rail witnessed a boom of this fast way of transportation. There are five high-speed rail lines: Beijing to Shanghai, Beijing to Tianjin, Shanghai to Nanjing, Shanghai to Hangzhou and Guangzhou to Wuhan by the end of 2010. See what does a bullet train look like ? See below all most popular bullet train routes:

Major Train Stations for the Bullet Trains

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

Tibet Trains

A train trip to Tibet allows travelers slowly adapt to high altitude conditions instead of a sudden shift if you were to take a plane. In addition, it is a scenic trip accompanied with breath-taking natural scenery. After passing Golmud(the starting point of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway), the landscape gradually becomes picture-postcard-perfect, with snow-capped mountain peaks in the distance rising against blue sky, and vast grassland sometimes filled with flocks of sheep and yaks.

Using China's Trains

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Arriving at a Station

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Tips for Train Travel in China

More China train travel tips

See China Transportation for more information about various forms of transportation in China.