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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?
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Guide Dogs to Be Allowed Onboard by China Railway
Since May 1, 2015, guide dogs will be allowed on China trains. This will bring great convenience for passengers with visual problems. For other passengers, please rest assured that guide dogs are professionally trained and well disciplined, and will not attack you.

To travel by rail with a guide dog, the passenger is advised to tell the situation to get a suitable seat or berth when purchasing the ticket. Before departure, please contact China Railway Corporation twelve hours prior to the scheduled departure time or upon arrival at the station. During the boarding process, the passenger should present his/her ID certificate used for booking the ticket, certificate of disability, as well as the guide dog's work permit, and animal health immunization certificate. Also, the dog should wear a guide saddle and be chained. During the trip, the passenger should be responsible and take care of the dog.

Whole Compartment Booking and Women-Only Compartment Available on High-Speed Sleeper Trains
China Railway Corporation has allowed one passenger to book a whole compartment on high-speed sleeper carriages running between Beijing and Guangzhou, Beijing and Shenzhen, Shanghai and Guangzhou, and Shanghai and Shenzhen. The fare is the total of all sleepers inside the compartment and each sleeper is issued a ticket with the passenger's name. To better serve our customers, TravelChinaGuide.com also launched the service of booking whole compartments in these carriages.

In addition, women-only compartments have been especially set on these high-speed sleeper carriages for the convenience of female passengers traveling alone. But currently, these sleepers can only be booked at railway stations and the 'female mark' is not showed on the ticket yet.

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