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Is it difficult for foreign travelers? Though there is the language barrier, traveling by train in China is not difficult at all. Actually, it is quite easy, fun, and even more convenient than taking a plane. Watch this video guide to see what a train trip in China is like. Go through the process through the video to prepare yourself for a smooth train trip.
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How to take a train in China
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.
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.
The High-Speed Train Between Beijing and Datong Will Start to Operate by the End of 2019
Published on October 15th, 2019
The Beijing - Datong High-Speed Railway is a part of Beijing - Zhangjiakou High-Speed Railway, which is expected to open in December, 2019. After this rail line is opened, the train journey time between Beijing and Datong will be reduced from 6 hours to only 1.5 hours!
The Intercity Train Between Beijing West Station and Beijing Daxing Airport Started to Operate
Published on September 26th, 2019
The intercity trains between Beijing West Railway Station and Beijing Daxing International Airport started to operate since Sep. 26, 2019. There are 12 pairs of daily bullet trains run on this route, with the shortest travel time of only 30 minutes. This intercity rail line is planned to extend to Xiong'an New Area by the end of 2020.
National Day Holiday Travel Rush in 2019
Published on September 12th, 2019
The National Day Holiday travel rush is estimated from Sep 30 to Oct 10. With millions of people touring and taking trains during this period, the train stations will be very busy and crowded. To make sure you catch your train on time during this period, please arrive at the train station at least 2 hours in advance.
Part of Beijing's Scenic Spots and Roads Closed for the Upcoming 70th Anniversary Celebrations
Published on September 12th, 2019
Due to preparations for the celebration of China’s 70th Anniversary, some scenic attractions in Beijing, including Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City, will be closed from September 21 to October 1. In addition, some of the roads within the 2nd Ring Road will be closed to local traffic. Because of this, if you plan to take a train from Beijing during this period, please time your arrival wisely.
National Day Holiday Train Tickets Sold from Sep 2, 2019
Published on August 29th, 2019
Train tickets for the first day of Chinese National Day Holiday will be available for purchase on Sep 2, 2019. Tickets would be very popular during the period from Sep 29 to Oct 10, especially for long-distance sleeper train journeys. If you plan to take trains during this time, please book your tickets as early as possible.
The Zhangjie-Changde High-Speed Train Service is Scheduled to Begin in December
Published on July 24th, 2019
High-speed trains connecting Zhangjiajie and Changde are expected to begin operating in December 2019. After this service begins, journeys from Changsha to Zhangjiajie will be possible by high-speed trains. Journey times will be greatly shortened to only 3 hours.