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Guiyang to Guangzhou High-Speed Train

The opening of the Guiyang–Guangzhou High-Speed Railway (HSR) on December 26, 2014, cut the rail journey from 20 hours to about 5 hours. It links the economically poor, but ethnically and naturally rich, regions of Guizhou and Guangxi to the prosperous Pearl River Delta area.

Guiyang–Guangzhou HSR is an important transportation artery between Guiyang and Guangzhou, as there is no other direct highway or railway between these two regions.

Popular Areas the Railway Passes Through

The railway line starts from Guangzhou and passes through northern Guangxi's karst region (Guilin and Yangshuo), then the previously hard-to-access Miao and Dong ethnic regions of southeastern Guizhou Province.

guiyang guangzhou high speed railway

21 Stations on a 5-Hour Journey

Guiyang–Guangzhou HSR joins 21 stations: Guiyang Bei, Guiyang, Longli Bei, Changming, Duyun Dong, Sandu, Rongjiang, Congjiang, Sanjiang Nan, Wutong, Guilin Xi, Yangshuo, Gongcheng, Zhongshan Xi, Hezhou, Huaiji, Guangning, Zhaoqing Dong, Sanshui Nan, Foshan Xi, and Guangzhou Nan.

The southern HSR to Nanning also links with the Gui-Guang HSR, via Guilin Station and Guilin North Station.

Top Scenery and Attractions to See

taijiang sisters festivalMiao people in Kaili, Guizhou

As well as the major stations at Guangzhou, Guilin, Yangshuo, and Guiyang, there are five small stations in the ethnic regions of Guizhou and Guangxi, and this is particularly convenient for tourists wishing to visit the mountainous ethnic regions. The ethnic areas of Guizhou are a great lure to both Chinese and foreign travelers, but poor accessibility has previously prevented many travelers from visiting the area.

  • Guangzhou: China gateway city
  • Guilin: limestone landscapes of the Li River, Longji's Terraced Fields
  • Yangshuo: karst landscapes
  • Sanjiang: Dong ethnic culture
  • Congjiang: Miao and Dong ethnic culture
  • Rongjiang: Miao and Dong ethnic culture
  • Kaili (Qiandongnan Prefecture, not far from Duyun Dong Station): Multi-ethnic culture
  • Guiyang: Huangguoshu Waterfall, Minority Culture

China's Most Challenging Railway?

high-speed railA Bridge along the of Guiyang–Guangzhou High-speed Railway

The karst sections of this railway total about 220 km (136 mi) in length, and the engineering challenges were possibly even tougher than for the Qinghai–Tibet Railway.

81% of the line consists of bridges and tunnels. When you enter the limestone landscape region, you will feel like you are taking a rural subway train! There are 238 tunnels, accounting for 456 km (283 mi) of the total length; nine of them are more than 10 km (6 miles) long.

Huge Construction Cost

This 864-kilometer-long high speed railway cuts a direct path, boring through limestone peaks and spanning valleys in mountainous terrain, making the construction tortuous. The cost was around 90 billion yuan (more than 14 billion USD), half of which was paid in bank-loans. More than 3 billion yuan (about 500 million USD) per year is to be paid on interest from the loans, according to current rates.

Comfortable and Affordable Journeys

seatsComfortable seats on high-speed railway
  • Modern seating (with foldable table) and rest rooms
  • Meals served at your seat from 15 yuan to 40 yuan (2.5 USD to 6.5 USD)
  • Hot water and microwave ovens are available for your own hot tea, coffee, and meals.
  • Good phone signals (free Wi-Fi is under consideration)
  • Handicapped seating and toilets

Schedule and Prices

There are 25 bullet trains daily each way between Guiyang and Guangzhou (all stopping at every intermediate station). See the timetable below.

  • Second Class: 267.5 yuan (43 USD)
  • First Class: 321 yuan (52 USD)

From Guiyang to Guangzhou Nan

Updated on Aug.15th

Train Number Departure Time Departure Arrival Duration
G category trains - G2921, G2931, G2925 10:12 - 17:34 Guiyang North Station Guangzhou South Station 4h16m – 4h20m
D category trains - D211, D2803, D2807, D2809, D2811, D2813, D2817, D2815, D2819, D2821, D2823, D2879, D213, D2825, D2831, D2833, D2835, D2837, D2841, D2843 08:00 - 18:03 Guiyang North Station Guangzhou South Station 4h11m - 5h53m

From Guangzhou Nan to Guiyang

Updated on Aug.15th

Train Number Departure Time Departure Arrival Duration
G category trains - G2932, G2922, G2926 07:54 - 16:07 Guangzhou South Station Guiyang North Station 4h19m – 4h22m
D category trains - D214, D2804, D2806, D2808, D2852, D2812, D2814, D2816, D2818, D2877, D2820, D2822, D212, D2828, D2830, D2832, D2834, D2836, D2838, D2840, D2842, D2844 07:06 - 18:12 Guangzhou South Station Guiyang North Station 4h14m - 5h51m

How to Purchase Tickets

You can book tickets on China's official train ticket website, but there is no English on the site. For the least hassle in getting your Guangzhou–Guiyang HSR tickets, use China Highlights' convenient train booking service. We can deliver to your doorstep for only 5 USD (in China).

The Future — a South China High-Speed Network

The Guangzhou–Guiyang HSR is part of China's ambitious plan to link the economic centers of the Southeast (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong) with the economic centers of the Mid-West (Chengdu and Chongqing).

The Guangzhou – Hong Kong High-speed railway is under construction, with the Guangzhou–Shenzhen section already in operation. Another high-speed railway linking Guiyang to Chengdu is under construction, to be completed in 2019. Meanwhile the Changsha–Kunming HSR will link Changsha, Guiyang, and Kunming.

After the completion of all these high-speed railways, once-isolated Guiyang will become a transportation hub in China's southwest. It will be very convenient for you to discover the beauty of southwest and mid-west China — to see the Yangtze, Chengdu's pandas, and Kunming's Stone Forest.

planning map of high speed railway in south china

50 Minutes from Guangzhou to Hong Kong

The Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong HSR is under construction, and it's already operating between Guangzhou and Shenzhen now. The section from Shenzhen to Hong Kong is expected to open in 2019.

2 Hours from Guiyang to the Yangtze River in Chongqing

The Guiyang–Chongqing HSR is under construction and is expected to open in 2018. The most popular starting point for a Yangtze River Cruise is Chongqing. You could relax on a Yangtze cruise after discovering the minority cultures of Guizhou, with only a 2-hour journey from Guiyang to Chongqing.

3 Hours from Guiyang to Chengdu's Pandas

The Guiyang–Chengdu HSR is under construction and is expected to open in 2019. The extremely rare and lovable panda is native to the region around Chengdu, which has three panda bases nearby. The largest, Bifengxia Giant Panda Base, offers the best chance to see the cute 'bear-cats', and even participate in volunteer activities to take care of them.

2 Hours from Guiyang to Kunming

The Changsha–Kunming HSR, running east-west through Guiyang, opened in 2015. . The Yuanyang Rice Terraces and the Stone Forest near Kunming are world-class scenic areas that you shouldn't miss.

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