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Quick Guide on Train Travel in China
  • How to buy tickets?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.
  • How to collect tickets?Two ways: deliver to a hotel you reserved in China; pick up by yourself at a railway station with your original passport and order number.
  • Which class to choose?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.
  • Which type of train to take, K, T, Z, D, or G?D and G types are recommended for a journey less than 8 hours; otherwise, take soft sleeper on other types.
  • How to read a ticket?Here are clear samples and explanations teaching passengers how to read the information on a ticket, including the station names and departure time.
  • What to do if refund, change or lose a ticket?Tickets can be refunded or changed both before and after issuing. While a lost one can only be refunded after the journey.
  • How to take a train in China?Arrive at the right station an hour before departure, go through the security check, find your waiting room, and then wait for the check in.
  • Weight & Size limit for carry-on luggage 44 pounds (20 kg) per person, with the total length of each item cannot exceed 63 inches(160cm).
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Summer Travel Rush Hits the Peak
Every year, from July 1st to August 31th, the railway stations all over mainland China welcome massive passengers because of the summer break. This year, Beijing Railway has altogether sent 18.274 million passengers from July 1st to 21th, 2.7% more than the number during the same period of 2014. With a total of 984.8 thousand dispatched passengers on July 18th, it was encountered with the first peak day. Meanwhile, Shanghai Railway, located in the advantageous Yangtze River Delta area, sent more than 1.5 million passengers daily during the summer peak season this year.

Extra passenger trains and optional coaches are used to cope with the huge transportation flow. Passengers should keep an eye on the schedules before travelling. In addition, it's advised to set out for the railway stations earlier in case that there are long queues.
China Train Timetable Adjusted on July 1st, 2015
From July 1st, 2015 on, China railway has adopted a new timetable. The domestic passenger trains have reached 2,844.5 pairs, among which 1,696 pairs are high speed types, 97 pairs more than the previous timetable. Almost every railway bureau has optimized their operation schedule. In the case, passengers are advised to double check the departure time on our website beforehand.

In addition, the freight trains have totaled 165 pairs, 6 pairs more than before. The international trains have also been increased to 39 pairs, including 21 pairs between China and Europe and 17 pairs between China and Asia countries, both 2 pairs more than before.
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