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China Train Tickets to Be on Sale 60 days Prior to Departure
Since the coming December 1st, pre-sale time of China train tickets will be gradually extended to 60 days prior to departure from previous 20 days prior. On December 1st, the pre-sale time will be firstly extended to 30 days ahead of departure. From December 2nd to 6th, it will be always 6 days longer than the previous days; for instance, it is 36 days ahead on December 2nd, 42 days ahead on December 3rd... From December 6th on, the pre-sale period will be extended to 60 days ahead. Please note that this applies to online and phone booking; the pre-sale time at railway stations and ticket outlets will still be 2 days shorter. By the way, tickets for China Spring Festival will be available 60 days prior to departure since December 7th; Passengers are advised to make a booking as early as possible if traveling during that period.
China Train Timetable to be Adjusted on December 10th
Since 00:00 of this December 10th, China railway will adopt a new timetable. By then, China's running trains will be increased to 2673.5 pairs, among which 1556.5 pairs are bullet ones, accounting for over 58.2% of the total.
In addition, bullet trains will run into Gansu, Guizhou, Qinghai, Inner Mongolia, and other western provinces for the first time; and more will be operated on Beijing-Shanghai, Beijing-Guangzhou, Shanghai-Wuhan-Chengdu, Xiamen-Shenzhen, and Qingdao-Jinnan High-Speed Railways.
17 pairs of regular trains will be newly opened. The running section of 23 pairs of current regular ones and itinerary of current 47.5 pairs will be adjusted and optimized. Some of the regular ones will be upgraded into air-conditioned.
Duration between some cities will be greatly shortened. For instance, the shortest duration from Shanghai to Changsha will be about 7 hours, Guiyang to Guangzhou about 5 hours, Nanning to Guangzhou about 4 hours, and Urumqi to Lanzhou about 12 hours.