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China has a railway system covering about 69,600 miles (about 112,000 km) with over 5,500 stations serving it. Traditionally, a railway station is located in the center of the city or town. However, since high-speed trains were put into operation, new stations have been built and most are far from the city center, such as the Beijing South, Shanghai Hongqiao, and Xian North. Different stations in a city also operate trains running to/from different destinations. So choose the station based on your destination.

Major Railway Stations

 A Full List of China Railway Stations



Beijing Railway Station   Beijing South   Beijing West   Beijing North


Changsha Railway Station   Changsha South

Chengdu Chengdu Railway Station     Chengdu East      Chengdu South

Chongqing Railway Station   Chongqing North


Dalian Railway Station    Dalian North

Dunhuang Dunhuang Railway Station


Guangzhou Railway Station  Guangzhou South   Guangzhou North  Guangzhou East


Guilin Railway Station    Guilin North

Guiyang Guiyang Railway Station    Guiyang North
Haikou Haikou Railway Station    Haikou East

Hangzhou Railway Station    Hangzhou East


Harbin Railway Station    Harbin West    Harbin East

Hong Kong

Hung Hom Railway Station

Jinan Jinan West Railway Station
Jiujiang Jiujiang Railway Station

Kunming Railway Station

Lhasa Lhasa Railway Station

Nanjing Railway Station    Nanjing South


Nanning Railway Station     Nanning East

Ningbo Ningbo Railway Station

Qingdao Railway Station   Qingdao North


Sanya Railway Station


Shanghai Railway Station   Hongqiao Railway Station   Shanghai South

Shenzhen Shenzhen Railway Station   Shenzhen North
Suzhou Suzhou Railway Station         Suzhou North
Tianjin Tianjin Railway Station
Wuhan Wuhan Railway Station      Wuchang Railway Station      Hankou Railway Station
Xiamen Xiamen Gaoqi     Xiamen North


Xian Railway Station   Xian North

Zhengzhou Zhengzhou Railway Station      Zhengzhou East
Find A Station
Xian Railway Station

As most railway stations are among local grandest buildings, it is quite easy to find them, even for new comers. In cities and towns, when you see a building with large red or golden Chinese characters (the station’s name) on the top and a square out front with a continuous stream of people, you probably find it. Usually being a transportation hub of a city or town, a railway station can be reached by buses, subways, taxies, and even coaches. One thing to note is that many cities or towns have more than one railway station, like Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Double check the ticket and make sure you are going to the right one before setting out.

 Transportation to Railway Stations


A railway station in China is composed of one or two squares, a station building, and platforms.

A square often lies in front or at the rear part of a station, where bus stops, taxi stands, and subway and coach  are distributed in and around it. Parking lots can be found on and under ground. What’s more, there are shops, restaurants, vendors, hotels and public toilets. A square also serves as an outdoor waiting room, as it is always filled with travelers waiting for their trains before being admitted into the building. 

A Station Entrance
 Station Building
• Information Board: A huge LED screen usually hangs outside, showing the timetable and status of trains. You will find the departure time and when and whether or not you can enter the building. 

• Entrance & Exit: the entrance is usually central to the building. There will be conductors checking the tickets. A moving conveyor belt and a metal detection door are installed at the entrance for security check. The exit usually leads to the city's public transportation. Self-service check-in machines are installed at entrance and exit for ticket checking.
• Ticket Office: the ticket offices or booking halls can be found near the entrance. There are boards showing ticket information. Conductors seat inside windows to sell tickets. Many have self-service ticket machines, but after the real-name ticket policy has been applied, travelers can only book tickets on the machine with their second generation Chinese ID cards. E-ticket Pickup Machine is also available, which enable passengers collect their tickets that were booked online. There are also separate ticket windows for platform tickets, and these ticket windows are usually close to the entrance or exit.

• Left Luggage: The left luggage center or luggage storage hall is also near the entrance. Some provide 24-hour service. The charge is CNY 5 – 20 per day for luggage of different weights or sizes. Take Xian as an example, it charges CNY 5 per day for a bag not exceeding 10 kg and CNY 10 per day for a bag over 10 kg.

• Baggage check-in counters: the counters are near the entrance. If your luggage exceeds the weight or size limits, you can have your luggage consigned at the counters.

• Others: Police office, passenger service center, restaurants, and shops can also be found outside of the building.
Ticket Office, Yangzhou Railway Station
Ticket Office, Yangzhou Railway Station
A Waiting Room in Shanghai Station
A Waiting Room
• LED Screens: Once inside the building you will see LED screens showing timetable and the designated waiting rooms. You will find your waiting room according to the train number.

• Waiting Room: Large stations have more than one waiting room and some also have special soft sleeper, CRH waiting rooms, and mother-and-child rooms. LED boards hanging in each waiting room tell the status of a train: waiting, check-in or delay, and also the platform from which to board. A waiting room usually has several ticket wickets, where a conductor checks and punches your ticket. If there are self-service check-in machines, passengers holding blue tickets only need to insert the tickets into the machine and collect them after passing the gate. The pink ticket cannot be read by the machine. The self-service check-in machines in Beijing South, Shanghai Hongqiao and Tianjin South can also read ticket information through second generation Chinese ID card. Travelers sweep their ID cards over the machine – no paper tickets are required.

• Luggage Lockers: timed luggage lockers can be found inside the building. There are usually charged by hours and the sizes of luggage. In Beijing West, the charge for a normal-sized locker is CNY 10 for 7 hours, CNY 15 for 12 hours, CNY 25 for 24 hours, and additional CNY 10 every 12 hours after the first 24 hours; the charge for a large-sized locker is CNY 15 for 7 hours, CNY 25 for 12 hours, CNY 40 for 24 hours, and additional CNY 15 for every 12 hours after the first 24 hours.
Platform in Chongqing Railway Station
Platform in Chongqing Railway Station
• Others: there are also convenient facilities such as toilets, boiled drinking water, escalators to the upper floors,  inquiry counter, ATMs, lost and found center, public phones, and red cap luggage porters. Restaurants, café, shops, and book stores are also available.

Passages and stairs connect the waiting rooms with platforms. Some have escalators but not all do. Platforms are numbered, so it is easy for you to find the right one. On platforms, there are stalls selling all kinds of snacks, beverages, magazines and newspapers. Clear signs are available showing the way out upon arrival, although most are in Chinese.

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