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Quick Guide on China Train
Two methods: book with online agency indefinitely in advance (at least 60 days prior to departure); purchase at a railway Station with your original passport 58 days in advance.
Hard sleeper VS Soft Sleeper, First Class VS Second Class, detailed introduction here will give you some hints on how to choose the proper one.
D and G types are recommended for a journey less than 8 hours; otherwise, take soft sleeper on other types.
Two ways: have the tickets delivered to a hotel you reserved in China; pick up by yourself at a railway station with your original passport and order number.
Tickets can be refunded or changed both before and after the issuing of paper tickets. While a lost ticket can only be refunded after the train journey.
44 pounds (20 kg) per person, with the total length of each item cannot exceed 160 cm (63 inches).
Is the toilet on board squatted or seated? Do they broadcast in English? Can I deposit my luggage at the station?
  What's On
China Train Timetable to Be Adjusted on March 20th, 2015
China Railway Cooperation will optimize and adjust China train timetable on the coming March 20th to better serve passengers. By then, some trains will stop running, including Z95/Z96 (Beijing West - Chengdu East), G4567/G4568 (Beijing West - Zhengzhou East), and G299 (Jinan West - Shanghai); while some will be newly put into service, including G585/G586 (Beijing West - Wuhan), D909/D910 (Beijing West - Shenzhen North), D927/D928 (Beijing West - Nanning), Z203/Z204 (Beijing - Harbin), C6309/C6310 (Chengdu East - Emeishan), and G316/G317 (Chongqing North - Qingdao). The overnight high-speed sleepers including Beijing - Guangzhou, Beijing - Shenzhen, Shanghai - Guangzhou, and Shanghai - Shenzhen will also stop running every Tuesday to Thursday. Besides, the underground direct line between Beijing Railway Station and Beijing West Railway Station will be opened, which will bring great convenience for transfer passengers of the two stations.

Train Tickets for Qingming Festival and May Day Holiday Put On Sale
As the pre-sale time of China's train tickets has been extended to 60 days prior to departure, the tickets for 2015 Qingming Festival (April 4th - April 6th) has been put on sale since February 4th, and those for May Day holiday (May 1st - May 3rd) has been available since March 3rd. Although both the holidays are only three days long, many people are willing to travel for spring outing. Tickets of some popular trains have been sold out. For instance, all first and second class seats on G165 and G33 from Beijing to Hangzhou on April 4th have been sold out. TravelChinaGuide.com advises you to book the tickets as early as possible if you are going to travel during the holidays.

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