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How to Read a China Train Ticket

Train tickets in China can be divided into two types: the blue ones and red ones. The information shown on them are exactly the same. The difference is that the blue ones are magnetic tickets which can be recognised by automatic ticket checking machines. While red ones are ordinary paper tickets that can only be checked manually when checking in.

Important information on a train ticket include:

  • Passenger's name and passport number
  • Train number
  • Travel date and departure time
  • Departure and arrival stations
  • Seat class and seat number

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