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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 type of train and which class to choose?High speed types are recommended, with second/first/business class seats for short-time journeys. Soft sleepers are first choice for an overnight trip.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tips on Travel during HolidaysDon't let the holiday crowd spoil your trip. Follow our guide to wisely avoid the travel peaks such as the Chinese New Year and National Holiday.
  • 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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What's On
About 300 Pairs of Trains Stop Running in Southeast China due to Typhoon Nepartak
From July 8th to 10th, 2016, about 300 pairs of trains will stop running in southeast China due to the landing of typhoon Nepartak. The affected rail lines include Wenzhou-Fuzhou Line, Fuzhou-Xiamen Line, Xiangtang-Putian Line and Hefei-Fuzhou High Speed Line and the affected stations include Fuzhou, Xiamen, Hefei, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, and Nanjing.

To ensure a smooth trip, please search for the real-time schedule by the tool of our website. For those who have bought the tickets of the affected trips, they can refund at most 5 days after the day of travel, and no service fee will be charged.
China Railway Embraces Summer Travel Rush
The annual peak season for summer travel in China, starts from July to the end of August because of students' summer vacation, lasting for 62 days. This year, according to China Railway Corporation, over 560 million train passengers will be conveyed during the period, 55.5 million more than the same period of last year. The average daily passenger number will amount to 9.03 million, an increase of 11% over 2015. The busiest days will be at the beginning of July and the end of August.

So far, some temporary rail routes have already been announced to open soon, including some heading for Shanghai to facilitate tourists for Shanghai Disneyland. Below is a list of some:
Beijing-Shanghai: K4605/6
Zhengzhou-Shanghai: K4540/37, K4538/9, D4668/5, D4666/7
Xian-Shanghai: K4188/5, K4186/7
Urumqi South-Shanghai: 3190/87, 3188/9

TCG kindly reminds passengers to book a ticket in advance to avoid the risk of being unable to buy a ticket on spot. In addition, please arrive at the station about two hours before departure.
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