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Saver Pass for Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Trains Started to Issue on May 1, 2017
Published: May. 04, 2017
Starting from May 1, 2017, the saver pass for Beijing-Tianjin railway has been issued, covering Beijing South-Tianjin, Beijing South-Wuqing, Beijing South-Tanggu, Beijing South-Yujiapu, and Beijing South-Junliangcheng North routes. The pass is classified into golden type and silver type, respectively applicable for first class seats and second class seats. The cost for the pass is the discounted ticket price multiplied by the allowed trip number. The pass is valid for one year from the date of issue. Passengers can take passport and go to Beijing South, Tianjin, Wuqing, Tanggu, or Yujiapu Railway Station to apply for it.

TypeAllowed Trip NumbersDiscountPrice (CNY)
Golden Pass205%1,240
Silver Pass205%1,030
Construction of Shanghai East Railway Station to Start in Quarter 4, 2017
Published: May. 02, 2017
The construction project of Shanghai East Railway Station is promising to commence in quarter four of 2017 and finish within five years. The location has already been decided in Zhuqiao Town of Pudong District, 4 km (2.5 miles) from Pudong Airport and 10 km (6 miles) from Shanghai Disneyland Park. When completed, there will be 120 pairs of trains to and from this station daily, making it the second largest railway station in Shanghai after Hongqiao Railway Station.
Temporary Trains to Run during the May Day Holiday in 2017
Published: Apr. 28, 2017
The May Day Holiday will start from April 29 to May 1 this year. Many people will make use of the 3-day holiday for a short trip, so it can be expected that railway stations will get crowded. April 29 is said to be the busiest day for railway transportation. Temporary trains will be adopted to release the pressure, including those between Shanghai and Hefei, Nanjing and Shanghai, Kunming and Dali, Shenzhen and Xiamen, etc.

Passengers having travel plans during the holiday should book a ticket in advance and leave at least two hours for entering the station and boarding.
Xian-Chengdu High Speed Railway Expected to Run on October 1, 2017
Published: Apr. 14, 2017
Xian-Chengdu High Speed Railway is promising to operate on October 1, 2017. Connecting two major tourist destinations of China, the railway has drawn attention all over the country. It's now under construction and said to go through the test run on July 1, 2017. With the opening of this high speed railway, passengers will only need 3 hours for a ride between Xian and Chengdu, and the journey between Chengdu and Beijing will be shortened to 8 hours. The second class seat price for Xian-Chengdu high speed train is about CNY 220.

18 stops are set along the railway, including Xian North, Epanggong, Huxian East, Xinchangjie, Foping, Yangxian West, Chenggu North, Hanzhong, Xinji, Ningqiang South, Guangyuan Zhongzi, Jianmenguan, Qingchuan, Jiangyou North, Mianyang, Deyang, Guanghan North, and Chengdu East.
New Train Timetable to be Adopted Since April 16, 2017
Published: Apr. 10, 2017
As of April 16, 2017, China Railway Corporation will use a new train schedule. 25.5 extra pairs of high speed trains will be put into operation. The running speeds of some routes will be increased. For example, the single trip time of K1271/4 between Hangzhou and Chengdu will be shortened by four hours and eight minutes. In addition, sleepers will be provided on some long-distance daytime bullet trains.
Train Timetable to be Adjusted in Mid-April, 2017
Published: Mar. 16, 2017
China Railway Corporation plans to adjust the timetable in mid-April 2017. As a result, tickets dated on and after April 14 are not available until March 21. Passengers intending to travel after middle April please pay attention to the real-time timetable on TravelChinaGuide.com in case there is any change.
Tickets for Qingming Festival Put on Sale
Published: Mar. 08, 2017
The traditional Qingming Festival falls on April 4 in 2017 and the holiday is from April 2 to 4. The pre-sale period for tickets is 30 days at present, so passengers can buy the tickets for Qingming Festival since March 4.

As spring comes and the temperature is quite pleasant, many people will have an outing to nearby scenic spots. During the Qingming Festival, the short-distance train routes will win higher popularity, like Suzhou-Shanghai, Shanghai-Hangzhou, and Beijing-Tianjin routes. Passengers please get a ticket in advance in case they are sold out.
Train Passengers to Beijing to Go through Security Check Twice during the "Two Sessions 2017"
Published: Mar. 08, 2017
From March 1 to mid-March, all railway passengers to Beijing are required to go through the security check twice before boarding due to the opening of the "Two Sessions 2017". Their luggage, especially those containing liquid will be examined carefully. Passengers who are going to Beijing please spare more time for checking into the station. It's advised to arrive at the station at least two hours before departure.

Side Note: The "Two Sessions", namely the National People's Congress (NPC) and the Chinese Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), were inaugurated on March 5 and March 3 respectively in Beijing and will both end on March 15.
35.7 Million Trips by Train during 2017 Spring Festival Travel Rush
Published: Feb. 22, 2017
On February 21, 2017, the 40-day Chinese New Year Travel Rush finally came to the end. According to statistics from the authority, 35.7 million trips were made by train during this period, an increase of 10.1% over the last year. High speed railway trips amounted to 18 million, accounting for 51.4% of the whole. On February 2, over 10,966 thousand passengers were transported by railway, creating an all-time high record for daily passenger number. During this travel rush, about 320,064 thousand tickets were sold through internet, taking up 72.8% of the whole tickets, an increase of 8.6% over 2016.
Southeast Coastal High Speed Train Ticket Price to be Adjusted
Published: Feb. 14, 2017
The China Railway Corporation is going to adjust the ticket price for high speed trains, mainly C and D lettered types, in southeast coastal area since April 21, 2017, comprising of the Shanghai-Hangzhou Section, Hangzhou-Ningbo Section and Ningbo-Shenzhen Section. It's predicted that the price for first class seats will be increased by 65% to 70% and the second class seats price will see an increase of 25% to 30%. The ticket price doesn't change for high speed railways with a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h) between Hangzhou and Ningbo, and Shanghai and Hangzhou.
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