China Train Schedule & Tickets Booking

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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
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. Ticket 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, 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, the ticket can only be purchased from the ticket windows at railway stations and the 'female mark' is not showed on the ticket yet.

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.

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