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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.
Six Pairs of High-Speed Trains Between Kunming and Lijiang
Published on April 22nd, 2019
Three more high-speed trains between Kunming and Lijiang have been introduced to China Railway network since April 2019. At the moment, there are six pairs of high-speed trains traveling between these two cities, departing from 08:00 to 19:00, with an average travel time of 3 hours. Besides, four pairs of overnight trains are still in service, providing more options for passengers.
New Timetable for China Rail
Published on March 12nd, 2019
According to the latest announcement from China Railway, the timetable of trains departing after April 9, 2019 will be adjusted. Train tickets on and after April 9 will be open for sell since March 18, 2019. We will inform you as soon as the new time table and train tickets releases.
The Last Chinese New Year Passenger Flow Peak: Feb. 19-24, 2019
Published on February 18th, 2019
After the week-long Spring Festival holiday, railway passenger flow has remained high. According to China Rail, from February 18th to 20th, students will account for most of the railway passenger flow, with the top destinations being Shanghai, Guangzhou, Qingdao, Changsha, Shenyang, Qinhuangdao, Harbin, Nanjing, and Wuhan. From February 19th (the Lantern Festival) to 24th, there will be a passenger flow peak caused by thousands of workers returning to work and students returning to schools.
Kunming – Lijiang High-Speed Service
Published on December 30th, 2018
Since January 1st, 2019, Kunming – Lijiang high-speed railway has opened. Three pairs of bullet trains running on this route every day, cutting the travel time from more than 9 hours to only 3 hours! These high-speed trains operate between Kunming and Lijiang railway stations. Two of them will stop also at Kunming South Station.
New China Train Timetable Effective from Jan. 5, 2019
Published on December 13th, 2018
China Rail will implement its new train timetable from January 5th, 2019. There will be changes in some trains' departure times, arrival times, and intermediate stations. Travel times between some cities will be shortened. A few new high-speed rail lines will be added to the national rail network, including Hangzhou–Huangshan, Harbin–Mudanjiang, Jinan–Qingdao, Jinan–Yancheng, and Huaihua–Hengyang high-speed railways.