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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 and ordinary trains.
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.
High-Speed Trains Between Xi'an and Chengdu Starting December 6th
Published on Nov. 29th, 2017
A regular high-speed service between Xi'an and Chengdu will start to operate on December 6th, 2017. From then on, 7 sets of bullet trains will be running between Xi'an and Chengdu every day. The journey will be cut from more than 10 hours down to just 4 hours.
The High-Speed Train Between Xiamen and Zhengzhou Will Start to Operate on November 25th, 2017
Published on Nov. 24th, 2017
The high-speed train G2045/8/5 between Xiamen North and Zhengzhou East will begin to operate on November 25th, 2017. The train journey time will be reduced from over 23 hours to 10 hours and 39 minutes. The train stops at several famous tourist cities, such as Wuhan, Lushan and Fuzhou.
"Fuxinghao" High-Speed Trains Started Running in Zhejiang Province Since November 20th
Published on Nov. 11th, 2017
From November 20th, 2017, "Fuxinghao" high-speed trains will run on 4 more lines, visiting 28 more stations: Cangnan, Ao'jiang, Rui'an, Wenzhou South, Qingtian, Lishui, Jinyun West, Yongkang South, Wuyi North, Jinhua South, Yiwu, Zhuji, Hangzhou East, Yuhang, Haining West, Tongxiang, Jiangxing South, Jiashan South, Songjiang South, Deqing, Huzhou, Changxing, Liyang, Nanjing South, Changzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou, and Shanghai Hongqiao.
This will improve your travel experience to places of tourist interest linked above.
China has been chosen by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 countries to visit in 2018
Published on Oct. 27th, 2017
Since 2016, China has possessed the world's most extensive High Speed Rail network, making travel around China more convenient for domestic and foreign tourists. Partly because of this, China has been chosen by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 countries to visit in 2018.
Double security checks for passengers traveling to Beijing in October
Published on Oct. 17th, 2017
From Oct 11th to Oct 31st, passengers who take the train to Beijing need to go through security twice. To allow time for security checks and ticket checks, we suggest that passengers arrive at the train station at least 1 hour before departure.