China High Speed Train (Bullet Train)
Currently, there are about 2,300 pairs of high speed trains running daily along the high speed rail with a length of over 13,600 mi (22,000 km), covering almost every large city and most tourism destinations. Their top speed is 186 mph (300 km/h), which is planned to increase to 217 mph (350 km/h) in the near future.
Painted in white or grey with a ‘bullet’ locomotive, the high speed trains can be easily recognized.
Tickets on fast trains are generally divided into second class seat, first class seat, business class seat, VIP class seat. On a few overnight D trains, soft sleeper and luxury soft sleeper are provided. Also on some D ones, standing room tickets will be issued when all seats are sold out.
- Guangzhou-Hong Kong
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China Rail Pass is a prepaid card with which passenger can check into high speed rail by swiping the card on a self-service check-in machine without paper tickets. Currently, the pass can be used on CRH trains from Beijing to Tianjin, Shanghai to Hangzhou and Nanjing, Guangzhou to Zhuhai, and Haikou to Sanya. Facilities
Facilities on these highballs are of high standard, similar to those on an airplane. The seats can be rotated towards the moving direction; the seatback can be adjusted to a wanted angle; each passenger is offered a foldable small table; and electrical sockets are available in each row or compartment. It is even possible to use Wi-Fi. In addition, dining and toilets will never be problems.
Why travel by high speed trains?1. Fast: Their present operational speed of China trains high speed type is 155-186 mph (250-300 km/h), greatly shortening the journey time. For instance, the duration from Beijing to Shanghai has been shortened from 15 hours to about 5 hours.
2. Punctual: Being different from flights, they are less influenced by weather or traffic control, hence able to arrive at their destinations on time.
3. Convenient: CRH trains are scheduled more frequently than normal ones and many of the high speed railway stations are reachable by subway, making rail journey much more convenient than before.
4. Reasonablely priced: Although the ticket may cost a little more than a non-bullet train ticket, it is much cheaper than a flight. Take the journey from Beijing to Shanghai for instance, a soft sleeper on a non-bullet train costs CNY476.5, a second class seat on a bullet one costs CNY553, while the full fare of an economy class seat on an airplane is over CNY 1,000.
5. Comfortable: The carriages are much better equipped than the old-generation carriages, and can rival airplanes. Seats are wider and softer, windows are bigger, and washrooms are cleaner… All these ensure passengers a comfortable and pleasant journey.
6. Safe: The fast trains are operated by advanced technological communication systems to ensure passengers’ safety.
Development and Current Network
Since the earliest high speed rail line, Beijing - Tianjin Inter-city High Speed Rail Line was opened in 2008, China has developed a dense high speed railway network as long as 13,600 miles (22,000 kilometers).
It mainly consists of four north-south and four east-west trunk lines, and some inter-city lines, greatly shortening the travel time in China.
The country does not stop extending its high speed railway network. According to the plan, the high speed rail will reach 18,600 miles (30,000 kilometers) by 2020 and the network will consist of eight north-south and eight east-west trunk lines by 2030.
|Line||Open Date||Length (km)||Designed Speed (km/h)|
|Four North - South High Speed Rail Lines|
| Beijing-Hong Kong |
(Beijing-Guangzhou in operation since 2012)
|Four East - West High Speed Rail Lines|
|Line||Open Date||Length||Designed Speed (km/h)|