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China High Speed Train (Bullet Train)

High speed trains, which are also called bullet or CRH trains, here refer to G, D and C trains in China. Currently, there are over 1,500 pairs of them running daily, weaving a dense net on China’s territory and bringing great convenience for its people and visitors.

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 Major High Speed Railway Routes:
Bullet Train
Second Class Seat

Ticket Types on High Speed Trains
Tickets on bullet trains are divided into second class, first class, business class, super class, and sightseeing seats.

 China Rail Pass
China Rail Pass is a prepaid card with which passenger can travel by high speed rail by swiping the card on a self-service check-in machine, and there is no need to buy the paper tickets. Currently, the pass is adopted by CRH trains from Beijing to Tianjin, Shanghai to Hangzhou and Nanjing, Guangzhou to Zhuhai, and Haikou to Sanya.

 Facilities
Facilities on these highballs bring much convenience for passengers. It is possible for passengers to use power points and Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity). In addition, dining, left-luggage and toilets will never be problems.

Why traveling by high speed trains?
1. Fast: Their present operational speed is 155mi-186mi/h (250-300km/h), greatly shortening the journey time. For instance, the duration from Beijing to Shanghai has been shortened from a previous 15 hours to about 5 hours.
2. Punctual: Being different from flights, they are less influenced by weather or traffic control, hence able to arrive at their destinations on time.
3. Convenient: CRH trains are scheduled more frequently than ordinary ones and many of the high speed railway stations are reachable by subway, making rail journey much more convenient than before.
4. Reasonable price: Although the ticket may be a little higher than an ordinary train ticket, it is much cheaper than a flight. Take the journey from Beijing to Shanghai for instance, a soft sleeper on an ordinary train is CNY476.5, a second class on a bullet one is CNY553; while the full fare of an economic class seat on a plane is over CNY 1,000.
5. Comfortable: The carriages are much better equipped than the old-generation carriages, and can rival airplanes. Seats are wider and softer, windows are bigger, and washrooms are cleaner… All these ensure passengers a comfortable and pleasant journey.
6. Safe: The bullet trains are operated by advanced technological communication systems to ensure passengers’ safety.

Development and Current Railway Network

High Speed Railway Map (Click to enlarge)

Since the earliest high speed rail line - Qinhuangdao-Shenyang Passenger Transport Special Line was constructed in 1999, China has developed a widely-used railway network.

By the end of 2011, the railway network with the speed of higher than 200km/h covered 10,000 km (about 6,214 mi). By the end of 2012, China had achieved the “Four North-South and Four East-West Network”. At the same time, the intercity high speed railways also provide much convenience. The total length of such railway is expected to reach around 13,000 km (about 8,078 mi). According to the long-term extension plan, China will own 50,000 km (about 31,068 mi) high speed railway by 2020.

 Four North-South & Four East-West Network

Line Open Date Length (km) Speed (km/h)

 Four North-South High Speed Rail Lines

 Beijing-Shanghai (Jinghu) Passenger Transport Special Line
--
1318
--
Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway (Jinghu Line)
2011/06/30
1318
300
Hefei-Bengbu (Hebeng) Line
2012/10/16
131
350
 Beijing-Hong Kong (Jinggang) Passenger Transport Special Line
(Beijing-Guangzhou High Speed Railway in operation since 2012)
--
2360
--
Beijing-Shijiazhuang (Jingshi) Line
2012/12/26
281
350
Shijiazhuang-Wuhan (Shiwu) Line
2012/12/26
841
350
Wuhan-Guangzhou (Wuguang) Line
2009/12/26
1069
300
Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Railway
(Guangshengang Line)
Guangzhou – Shenzhen: 2011/12/26;
Shenzhen – Kowloon: 2015
142
350;
Shenzhen – Kowloon: 200
 Beijing-Harbin (Jingha) Passenger Transport Special Line
--
1700
 --
Beijing-Shenyang (Jingshen) Line
 2014
709
350
Harbin-Dalian (Hada) Line
 2012/12/01
921
300
Panjin-Yingkou (Panying) Line
 2013/09/12
89
350
 Hangzhou-Fuzhou-Shenzhen (Hangfushen) Passenger Transport Special Line
 --
1450
 --
Hangzhou-Ningbo (Hangyong) Line
2013/07/01
150
350
Ningbo-Taizhou-Wenzhou (Yongtaiwen) Line
2009/09/28
268
200
Wenzhou-Fuzhou (Wenfu) Line
2009/06/30
298
200
Fuzhou-Xiamen (Fuxia) Line
2010/04/26
273
250
Xiamen-Shenzhen (Xiashen) Line
2013/12/28
 502
200

 Four East-West High Speed Rail Lines

 Xuzhou-Lanzhou (Xulan) Passenger Transport Special Line
 --
1400
 --
Zhengzhou-Xuzhou (Zhengxu) Line
2016
361
350
Zhengzhou-Xian (Zhengxi) Line
2010/02/06
505
300
Xian-Baoji (Xibao) Line
2013/12/28
138
250
Baoji-Lanzhou (Baolan) Line
2017
403
250
 Shanghai-Kunming (Hukun) Passenger Transport Special Line
--
 2264
--
Shanghai-Hangzhou (Huhang) Intercity Line
2010/10/26
159
350
Hangzhou-Changsha (Hangchang) Line
2014
927
350
Changsha-Kunming (Changkun) Line
2016
1175
350
 Qingdao-Taiyuan (Qingtai) Passenger Transport Special Line
--
770
 --
Qingdao-Jinan (Jiaoji) Line
2008/12/20
362
250
Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan (Shitai) Line
2009/04/01
225
250
Shijiazhuang-Jinan (Shiji) Line
2015/12
319
250
 Shanghai-Wuhan-Chengdu (Huhanrong) Passenger Transport Special Line
 --
 2078
--
Shanghai-Nanjing (Huning) Line
2010/07/01
301
300
Hefei-Nanjing (Hening) Line
2008/04/18
166
250
Hefei-Wuhan (Hewu) Line
2009/04/01
359
250
Wuhan-Yichang (Hanyi) Line
2012/07/01
291
200
Yichang-Wanzhou (Yiwan) Line
2010/12/22
377
160
Chongqing-Lichuan (Yuli) Line
2013/12/28
264
 200
Suining-Chongqing (Suiyu) Line
2012
 131
200
Dazhou-Chengdu (Dacheng) Line
2009/07/07
 374
160


 Intercity High Speed Trains

Line

Open Date

Length (km)

Designed Speed (km/h)

Qinhuangdao-Shenyang (Qinshen)

2003/10/12

404

200

Beijing-Tianjin (Jingjin)

2008/08/01

119

350

Chengdu-Dujiangyan (Chengguan)

2010/05/10

68

200

Nanchang-Jiujiang (Changjiu)

2010/09/20

135

250

Changchun-Jilin (Changji)

2011/01/11

108

250

Hainan Eastern Ring Railway

2010/12/30

308

250

Guangzhou-Zhuhai (Guangzhu)

2012/12/31

117

200

Guangzhou-Shenzhen (Guangshen)

2011/12/26

116

350

Shanghai-Nanjing (Huning)

2010/07/01

301

350

Nanjing-Hangzhou (Ninghang)

2013/07/01

249

350

Tianjin-Qinhuangdao (Jinqin)

2013/12/01

261

300


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