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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 in China.
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.
Buying train tickets to/from Hong Kong is different from buying train tickets in Mainland China.
More High-Speed Rail Lines to Open for 2019 Summer Travel Rush
Published on July 4th, 2019
From July 10th, 2019, China Rail will implement a new train timetable. More trains will be in operation for the summer travel rush. Departures, arrivals and intermediate stops in major cities will be optimized and adjusted to make it easier for passengers to travel. New high-speed rail lines will come into operation including Lanzhou–Dunhuang, Beijing–Zhuhai, and Shenyang–Chongqing.
Guilin–Lijiang High-Speed Railway to Open in July 2019
Published on June 26th, 2019
Following the opening of the Guilin–Dali High-Speed Railway in July 2018, an extension of this new high-speed rail route connecting Guilin and Lijiang will open with the new train timetable on July 10, 2019. The train numbers will be D3941 and D3942. This direct bullet train starts from Guilin, passes through Liuzhou, Nanning, Baise, Kunming, Guangtong, Chuxiong, and Dali, and terminates at Lijiang, with a travel time of 11 hours and 13 minutes.
New Train Timetable Effective from July 10th 2019
Published on June 11th, 2019
China Rail will implement its new train timetable from July 10th 2019. There will be 58 Mainland stations directly connected to Hong Kong by high-speed trains. A number of new Fuxinghao high-speed trains will be put into use. And some rail journeys will be greatly shortened, such as Nanning–Guangzhou, Nanning–Kunming, and Hami–Urumqi.
Summer Holiday Train Tickets Sold from June 2, 2019
Published on May 30th, 2019
The summer holiday in 2019 begins on July 1 and ends on August 31. Train tickets for the first day of the summer holiday will be available for purchase on June 2nd, 2019. The summer holiday will be a very busy travel period. Trains to major cities will be very popular. The China Railway forecasts that from the late of June to the early of July, there will be a student travel flow peak with students out of schools. And from the end of August to the early of September, there will be a second passenger flow peak caused by thousands of students returning to schools.