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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.
Kunming to Dali High-Speed Trains Are About to Begin Operating
Published on May. 21th, 2018
Kunming to Dali high-speed trains are expected to begin operating in July, 2018, with average speeds of around 200 km/h. After the line opens, the train travel time between Kunming and Dali will be reduced from 6 hours to 2 hours! And it will be more convenient to travel from Kunming to other cities near Dali, such as Lijiang and Shangrila.
The Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High-Speed Rail
Published on May. 11th, 2018
The Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High-Speed Rail connection began trial operations on April 1st, 2018. Short-distance trains from Hong Kong connect with four stations: Futian and Shenzhen North, Humen and Guangzhou South. The line connects Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou with 14 other major cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming, Guilin, Guiyang, Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Changsha, Hangzhou, Nanchang, Fuzhou, Xiamen and Shantou. The MTR Corporation has indicated that in future, high-speed rail tickets for journeys throughout China will be available for purchase at West Kowloon Station in Hong Kong. Passengers will be able to buy cross-boundary and mainland tickets at the same time.