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China train system boasts over 75,000 miles (120,000 km) long railway, including the world's largest high speed train network connecting more than 500 cities across the country, and the highest speed can reach 186 mi/h (300 km/h). To plan a budget, convenient and safe travel, China train is your best choice. Start to search the timetable and book your tickets now!
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
Zhengzhou - Xuzhou High Speed Railway is about to operate on September 10, 2016.
This route starts from Zhengzhou East Station to Xuzhou East Station, measuring 225 miles (362 kilometers) in length, with stops in Kaifeng East, Lankao South, Minquan North, Shangqiu, Dangshan South, Yongcheng North, and Xiaoxian North. A single ride on it takes about 2 hours.

In addition, this railway will connect Xian with east China cities, shortening the rail ride to 6-7 hours to Shanghai, 5-6 hours to Nanjing, and 7 hours to Hangzhou. Shanghai - Taiyuan and Shanghai - Shijiazhuang will also be connected by high speed trains, with travel time of 9-9.5 hours and 7-7.5 hours respectively.

Schedule of these routes have been published and you can search for it on this website. Their tickets are also available.
2016 National Day Holiday Train Tickets Put on Sale
Since August 3, 2016, the railway tickets for the coming National Day Holiday (Oct. 1 to 7) have been put on sale. October 1 and 2 are the peak days for travel. The tickets are available since August 3 and 4. It's predicted that October 6 and 7 will witness the returning travel peak and the tickets can be booked since August 8 and 9 respectively.

If you have a travel plan during the holiday, please book a ticket as soon as possible in case that it is sold out within few days. TravelChinaGuide accepts customers' booking no matter how far it's in advance from the departure date.
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