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China Train Pictures

Trains play an important role in Chinese transportation due to the low cost, fast speed and safe operation. In recent years, with the rapid development of high speed railway lines, traveling by rail in China has become even more convenient and popular.

Pictures of China Train Types

Trains in China are divided into various types according to their speed, which are identified with a capital Chinese phonetic letter and digits. For example, G is 'High Speed', D is 'Electric Multiple Units', C is 'Intercity EMU'; all the three types look similar and are generally considered as high speed or bullet type. Z means 'Direct Express', T means 'Express', K means 'Fast'; all the three types are normal type. For those powered by steam, they have accomplished their missions and are now a matter of history.

Pictures of Ticket Types / Seat Classes

Inside G as well as D and C trains (which are also called bullet trains), the first class and second class carriages are the most frequently used by passengers. The first class carriages are spacious and have fewer seats, but the tickets are more expensive than in second class. A second class carriage has about 100 seats, and they are similar to the economy class on an airplane. Inside Z, T, K and other normal speed trains, the carriages can be divided into deluxe soft sleeper, soft sleeper, hard sleeper, soft seat and hard seat. 
 Introduction to Train Ticket Types

Pictures of How to Take a Train

All passengers need a ticket to get onboard, which can be bought at railway stations at most 28 days prior to departure, or 30 days prior online or over the phone. The boarding procedures can be generally divided into: security check – enter the station – waiting – ticket check – boarding. Upon arrival, there are usually clear signs on the platforms showing the exit.

Pictures of Railway Stations

China has very dense railway lines on its territory. Along the lines, many stations are built for passengers to board or get off the train. Each of the stations has its own unique appearance. Once inside, there is usually a ticket office, a waiting hall, platforms and many other facilities.
 Introduction to Railway Stations

Pictures of Traveling with Luggage

Each passenger is allowed to take a certain amount of luggage into the carriage, inside which there are luggage racks and cabinets. At some railway stations, there are red capped luggage porters to help passengers transfer luggage from the railway terminal into a carriage or from a platform to a railway exit for certain charges.

Pictures of Spring Festival Travel Rush

  • Spring Festival Travel Rush

It happens around the Chinese New Year, starting 25 days prior to the festival day and ending 15 days after.

During this time period, a large number of people will travel by rail, making railway stations and carriages quite crowded and tickets in great demand. If possible, please avoid traveling to China during this period. If unavoidable, you are advised to buy a ticket as early as possible.

 Introduction to Spring Festival Travel Rush

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