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Wuhan - Shiyan High Speed Railway Opened since Nov. 29, 2019
Published: Nov. 29, 2019
From November 29, 2019 on, the high speed train started to operate between Wuhan and Shiyan and there are 30 pairs of bullet trains at the beginning of the operation. After the adjustment of the schedule on December 30, 2019, then there will be about 40 pairs of the trains on normal days, 6 additional ones on weekends and more 12 pairs in the peak season.

The Wuhan - Shiyan Railway is about 399 km (248 mi) long with the allowed top speed of of 350 km/h (217 mph). There are 13 stations along the way and it connects several famous historical cities like Wuhan, Xiaogan, Suizhou, and Xiangyang. It is also dubbed as the most beautiful high speed railway in Hubei Province as it passes along the attractions including the Yellow Crane Tower, Longzhong Scenic Area, and Wudang Mountain.
First Ring High Speed Railway in Shandong will be Opened Since Nov. 26. 2019
Published: Nov. 22, 2019
From November 26, 2019 on, the Rizhao - Qufu section of the southern Shandong high speed railway will be formally opened, and thus the first ring high speed railway in Shandong Province will also be formed. The ring high speed railway connects a lot of major cities of Shandong including Jinan, Tai'an, Qufu, Linyi, Rizhao, Qingdao, Weifang, and Zibo. This is undoubtedly a good chance for travelers to have a round trip in Shandong.

There will be 3 pairs of bullet trains starting and ending in the same station operated in the circle high speed railway since November 27: G5555/8, G5557/6 from Jinan to Jinan, G5565/8, G5567/6 from Jinan West to Jinan West and G5535/8/5, G5536/7/6 from Linyi North to Linyi North. However, the specific routes and schedules have not been declared yet. Passengers can pay more attention to the schedule on TCG in recent days.
Chinese High Speed Train Ticket Fare will be Adjusted in Dec. 2019
Published: Nov. 08, 2019
Tickets fare of more than 400 pairs of high speed trains in the southeast coastal area of China will be adjusted, according to China Railway Shanghai Group. From December 1, 2019 on, the ticket fares of some trains will be increased as some others will be cut a little. For example, the original prices of G59 from Ningbo to Taizhou are: Second Class Seat CNY 53, First Class Seat CNY 85, and Business Class Seat CNY 160. After the adjustment, they will be respectively CNY 50, 81, and 152. As for the D3145 from Shanghai Hongqiao to Xiamen North, the tickets fares will be increased a lot, from CNY621 of First Class Seat and 338 of Second Class Seat to CNY 657 and 411.

Besides that, the ticket price of the second class seat on bullet train from Baoji South to Lanzhou West will be cut from CNY 123 to 96. But generally the ticket prices of popular train routes will be raised. Travelers who want to take these popular routes are recommended to book tickets before December.
Rizhao - Qufu High Speed Railway will Open in Late Nov. 2019
Published: Nov. 01, 2019
The Rizhao - Qufu section of the southern Shandong high speed railway will open in late November 2019. The railway is 237.6 km (147.6 mi) long with a design speed of 350 km/h (217 mph), starting from Rizhao West to Qufu East. There are 8 stations along the way including Lijizhai, Linyi North, Feixian North, Mengshan and Sishui South.

After it opened, the railway will connect to Beijing - Shanghai, Jinan - Qingdao, Qingdao - Yancheng railways. The travel time between Qingdao and Linyi will be shortened to about 1 hour from 3.5 hours. It is also possible to control the travel time between Jinan and Rizhao within 2 hours.
Chengdu - Xining High Speed Train Operated since Oct. 15, 2019
Published: Oct. 16, 2019
At 11:56 on October 15, the high speed train CR200J departed from Chengdu East Station to Xining, which is the first bullet train operated between Chengdu and Xining. The green train runs with a speed of 160 km/h (99 mph), passing the stations including Suining, Langzhong, Guangyuan, Longnan, Hadapu, Lanzhou, Pinganyi. The travel time of the fastest D766/D768 train is only about 10 hours, which decreased a lot from the original 15 hours. At present, the ticket fare of the first class seat is CNY455 and the second class seat costs CNY285.
New Train Schedule Implemented since Oct. 11, 2019
Published: Oct. 12, 2019
From October 11, 2019 on, Chinese trains will run a new schedule. Some routes have been adjusted and passengers should pay attention to the change for a smoother trip. About 22 trains in Guangxi are optimized and the bullet trains between Shenzhen North and Guilin North add additional carriages. The starting stations of G698/G696, originally between Taiyuan South and Changsha South, now extend to Guiyang North.

41 pairs of trains are opened for the first time. For example:

Nanjing - Nantong Qidong 7 pair

Xiamen - Meizhou, 2 pair, travel time cut from 5.5 to 2 hours

Also, the travel time between Jinan and Rizhao cut to 3 hours. Qingdao to Yantai and Weihai increased to 5 pairs of trains and the travel times are within 2 hours.
Datong - Zhangjiakou High Speed Railway Slated to Open in the End of 2019
Published: Sep. 23, 2019
The high speed railway between Datong and Zhangjiakou is expected to open at the end of 2019, together with Beijing - Zhangjiakou, Zhangjiakou - Hohhot high speed railways. The whole distance of Datong - Zhangjiakou is 134.4 km (83.5 mi) with a design speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). There are 3 stations along the way including Datong South, Yanggao South and Tianzhen. It will connect with Beijing - Zhangjiakou, Zhangjiakou - Hohhot high speed railways through the Zhangjiakou Huai'an Station, very important to improve the high speed railway network in north China. Once it opened, the travel time between Datong and Zhangjiakou will be cut to 40 minutes from 2.5 hours. Between Beijing and Datong, it will be decreased to about 100 minutes from 6 hours.
Beijing - Xiong'an Intercity Railway Will Partly Open at the End of September in 2019
Published: Sep. 17, 2019
The Beijing section of the Beijing - Xiong'an intercity railway is expected to open at the end of this September, together with the Beijing Daxing Airport. The Beijing - Xiong'an Intercity Railway is 92.4 km (57.4 mi) long to connect Beijing and Xiong'an New Area. It departs from Liying Station, passing by Beijing Daxing District, Daxing New Airport, Gu'an and Bazhou.

This Beijing section is 34 km (21 mi) from Liying to Daxing Airport. There are only two stations along the way, Beijing Daxing and Daxing Airport. As the design speed is 250 km/h (155 mph), it only takes about 20 minutes for passengers from Beijing West Station to Daxing Airport once it opened.
More Trains Added for Mid-Autumn Holiday Travel Rush during Sep. 12 - 15, 2019
Published: Sep. 12, 2019
As one of the most important Chinese holidays, only second to the Chinese New Year, the Mid-Autumn Holiday starts from September 13 to 15. In order to cope with the coming travel rush, train stations over the country increase a lot of trains, especially in those popular cities. Guangzhou Railway Group declared to increase 53 pairs of high speed trains and 25 pairs of normal speed types. Some of them will direct to Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Trains from Harbin to Beijing will be increased to 23 pairs. What's more, Chengdu Railway Group plans to add more than 100 pairs of trains with additional carriages to carry more passengers.

Many more people will take trains touring or visiting on the holiday, so passengers who travel during the period should get to the railway station and collect train tickets earlier than usual in case of missing the train.
Train Tickets for National Day Holiday (Oct.1-7) on Sale since Sep.2
Published: Sep. 02, 2019
The train tickets for 2019 Chinese National Day Holiday from October 1 to 7 start to be sold from September 2 on. The tickets for October 6, 7 will be on sale since September 7, 8. However, the tickets for popular high speed trains such as Beijing - Shanghai, Beijing - Xi'an, Beijing - Zhengzhou on September 30 and October 1 mostly have been sold out.

The National Day Holiday is one of the busiest holidays in China and there will be millions of people touring or visiting during the period. It is suggested that passengers should avoid traveling during the holiday as it will be too crowded not only on the trains but also in the scenic areas. If someone does need to travel on this holiday, it is better to book train tickets as early as possible.
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