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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.
Chinese New Year Travel Rush
Published on Jan. 18th, 2018
The Chinese New Year travel rush in 2018 will be from February 1st to March 12nd. It is expected that approximate 388 million people will be in the Srping Movement this year. During this time, train stations will be very crowded. It is advisable that you plan your train trip and make reservations as early as possible.
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.