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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.
The National Holiday Travel Rush
Published on Sep. 29th, 2018
The National Holiday travel rush in 2018 begins on September 28th and ends on October 7th. During this time, it is estimated that 129 million passengers will travel by train, an increase of 11 million passengers compared with the same period in 2017. Train tickets to Beijing, Xi'an, Hangzhou, Xiamen, Harbin, Dalian and Guilin are very popular.
High-Speed Trains to/from Hong Kong Will Operate on September 23th, 2018
Published on Sep. 20th, 2018
High-speed service between Hong Kong and Mainland China will officially begin on September 23th, 2018. Tickets for these trains are now available for booking. These high-speed trains terminate at the newly-built Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station, connect Hong Kong with major cities including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin, Fuzhou, Nanchang, Changsha, Guiyang and Guiming, etc.
Huangshan - Hangzhou High-Speed Railway is About to Operate
Published on Sep. 10th, 2018
Since September 1st, 2018, test runs will be done on Huangshan - Hangzhou high-speed railway. The regular service is expected to begin in October. It will only take 1.5 hours from Huangshan to Hangzhou. This railway has 10 stops including the world-famous tourist cities such as Hangzhou, Tonglu, Qiandao Island and Huangshan.