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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.
Novel Coronavirus News
Published on February 24th, 2020
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, trains to Wuhan, and other cities in Hubei Province have been canceled. The reopening time of these trains has not yet been decided. Some rail lines have reduced the number of trains in operation. Check more information about the novel coronavirus outbreak in China: https://www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/coronavirus-train-travel-tips.htm & https://www.facebook.com/ChinaHighlightsTrain/.
Wuhan Coronavirus News
Published on January 22th, 2020
An outbreak of new coronavirus in China has sickened more than 500 people. Wuhan, the city where the outbreak of the coronavirus began, has shut down public transport and closed all airport and train stations, to prevent the virus from spreading. Check the latest coronavirus situation: https://www.facebook.com/ChinaHighlights/ & https://www.chinahighlights.com/wuhan/map.htm.
The 2020 Spring Festival Travel Rush
Published on January 22th, 2020
The “Spring Festival travel rush" of 2020 will begin on Jan. 1 and end on Feb. 28. The travel flow peak is from Jan. 21 to Jan. 23, with thousands of people coming home for the holiday. If you have plans to travel during this period of time, please arrive at the train stations early for your train.
Changsha - Zhangjiajie High-Speed Railway Has Opened
Published on December 24th, 2019
High-speed service between Changsha and Zhangjiajie has officially began. 8 pairs of bullet trains are operated between Changsha Railway Station and Zhangjiajie West Station on a daily basis, with the travel time of around 3 hours. It is now much faster for a train trip between Zhangjiajie and Guilin via a transfer at Changsha.
Chengdu – Guiyang High-Speed Railway Has Opened
Published on December 19th, 2019
High-Speed service between Chengdu and Guiyang has officially began since Dec. 16, 2019. Tickets for these trains are now available for booking. Journey times between the two cities are greatly shortened to only 3 hours.
The Beijing - Zhangjiakou High-Speed Railway is About to Run
Published on December 1st, 2019
As an important transportation project of Beijing 2022 winter Olympics, the high-speed rail line between Beijing and Zhangjiakou is expected to operate by the end of 2020. Up until now, the construction of stations along this rail route has been completed.