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Luggage Space on China Trains

Generally, in a seat class carriage, the luggage racks are above the seats on each side of the coach. They can hold suitcases as big as 28’’.

On high speed trains, there are closets for big baggage at the connection of two coaches; behind the last row of the seats, there is space for large baggage, too.

In sleeper carriages, the luggage racks are either above the aisles or above the doors inside the compartment. There is also luggage space under the lower berth or table.
Narrow rack in the soft sleeper carriage
Luggage Rack on G Train
Luggage Rack on D Train

High Speed Trains (C, D & G types)

• In the seat carriages (first, second, VIP and business classes), there are two luggage racks over seats, one at either side of the coach. The rack is 40–50 cm (15.7–19.6 inches) wide and 50–60 cm (19.6–23.6 inches) high. The largest suitcase it can hold is 28”.

Passengers traveling with large bags or suitcases over 28” can place them at the closets at the connection between two carriages, or behind the last row of seats. If you sit at the first row, there is room for your large bags or suitcases in front of your seats, too.

Kind Reminder: Carry your valuable items with you if you are far from your luggage; keep an eye on it, especially when passengers are getting on and off at a station.
Luggage Closets
Luggage closet at connection of
two carriages is about 1 m high
Luggage Room Behind Seats
Luggage room behind last row
is about 30-40 cm wide
• In the soft sleeper coaches, there is no luggage rack or closet. Passengers can only place their carry-ons under the table or under the lower berths. The lower berth is about 25 cm (9.8 inches) high above the floor and the table is about 70 cm (27.6 inches) high.

• In the deluxe soft sleeper coaches, the luggage can be put under the lower berth which is also about 25 cm (9.8 inches) high or under the table which is 70 cm (27.6 inches) high. There is a closet opposite the berths to hang overcoats and store small bags.

• In the newly-adopted bullet sleeper trains, the luggage space is set under the lower berth, which can hold six 17’’ suitcases or two 25’’ suitcases at the same time. There is also a table beside each berth to put small bags.


Normal Trains (Z, T, K, Y, S, L, and numbered-only types)

• In hard sleeper coaches: The rack is over the aisle and is 53 cm (20.9 inches) wide. There is also room for luggage under the 70 cm (27.6 inches) high table and 25 cm (9.8 inches) high lower berths. Some hard sleeper coaches have closets inside the compartment, but the space there is much smaller than a rack.
Luggage Rack in Hard Sleeper Coach
The rack in hard sleeper coach
is 53 cm wide; a 28" luggage
can be placed on it
Closet for Luggage in Hard Sleepr Coach
The closet in some hard sleeper
compartment has smaller space
than a rack
• In soft sleeper coaches: The luggage closet is inside the compartment above the door. It is about 50 cm (19.9 inches) wide and 40 cm (15.7 inches) high. You can also put your baggage under the table (70 cm or 27.6 inches) or the lower berths (25-30 cm or 9.8-11.8 inches).
Luggage Rack in Soft Sleeper Compartment
The closet in soft sleeper
compartment is 50cm wide
and 40cm high. It is over the
door, and it is not easy to put
large or heavy case in it
Room for Luggage in Soft Sleeper Compartment
The table is 70cm high and is
enough for a large trolley case
the bed is about 25cm only
24" or smaller case can be
put under it
China Train Luggage Size
International standard luggage
with the linear dimensions within
158cm(length:67cm, width:63cm,
height: 28 cm) almost take the
whole aisle between two berths
• In deluxe soft sleeper coaches: The closet for your baggage is above the door and is as large as that in soft sleeper compartments. There is also luggage space under the lower berth or table. In addition, there is a closet for clothes opposite the berths.

• In hard seat coaches: Luggage racks are over the seats at both sides of the carriage. The rack is 55 cm (22 inches) wide and a large 28” suitcase can be placed on it. What's more, the 70 cm (27.6 inches) high table and 30 cm(11.8 inches) high seat provide room for baggage.
Luggage Rack over Hard Seats
Luggage racks over hard seats
are 55 cm (22 inches) wide,
enough for a 28'' suitcase
Luggage Space in Hard Seat Coach
Passengers can put their luggage
under the table or the seat
in the hard seat coach.
• In soft seat coaches: The rack is also over the seats on two sides of the coach and there is no room for extremely large items, either. Passengers should consign the large ones in advance.

Further Reading:
China Train Baggage Allowance and Transportation 
China Train Travel - A Beginner’s Guide

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- Last modified on Mar. 27, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Luggage Space on China Trains
Asked by Anil Kapoor from INDIA | Mar. 25, 2019 21:04Reply
What is the baggage size allowed on 2nd class bullet trains?
Answers (1)
Answered by Fremont from USA | Mar. 27, 2019 01:10

the total dimension of length, width and height should be within 130cm. But they are not very strict about it. Luggage in larger size can also board with no problem.
Asked by Laura Liza Barreto from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 26, 2018 01:15Reply
what if I have 2 luggages?
usually I travel with a check in luggage of about 20kg and a carry on of about 7kg to 10kg. can i take it both with me in the trains
Answers (1)
Answered by Nick | Nov. 26, 2018 18:34

Yes, it should be fine. They hardly ask about it. I can see many passengers hold more than 1 piece of luggages in stations.
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