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China High-speed Train Tours

China is filled with enchanting scenery and rich history to fascinate you during your high speed train trip. It is incredible just how much there is to explore right on your own doorstep and we have a number of places that you can choose to holiday in. Explore the beautiful Suzhou, Hangzhou, Guilin together with visits to historic Beijing, Nanjing, Xi'an, Luoyang, Zhengzhou, Taiyuan, Chengdu or venture to Fujian to discover the beautiful Tulou - these are just a few places where you can enjoy a getaway on our high speed train tours in China. Enjoy a relaxing high speed rail journey through lush countryside, quaint villages and even beside beautiful waterways on high speed train holidays all over China. Explore local history, experience different culture, shop in bustling market towns and visit some of the most renowned sights in China, including those designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Advantages of Touring China High-speed Train

The high speed train is an easy and relaxing way to explore China. Here are some of the reasons why you should choose China rail travel over planes, cars or buses.
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  • The Second Class

    The Second Class

  • The First Class

    The First Class

  • Business Class

    Business Class

  • VIP Class

    VIP Class

Things to Know

1. How to Read High Speed Train Ticket ?
How to Read High Speed Train Ticket
2. Categories of High Speed Train
Chinese high speed train numbers usually start with a letter of D or G trains. These are top-quality high-speed trains with ultra-modern air-conditioned coaches and streamlined power-cars at each end. Some are 200-350km/h daytime electric trains, a few D-trains are top-quality 200km/h sleeper trains.
3. How to Buy Tickets ?

1) Purchase the tickets at a railway station with your original passport. In big cities such as Beijing or Shanghai, you should look for the special ticket window for foreigners.

2) Book with online agency indefinitely in advance

Chinese Railways do not have a central reservation system, only local computer reservation systems based in each city are linked to each other. Therefore, most of stations can generally only sell you a ticket for a journey starting at that station, not for journeys starting elsewhere.

4. How far Ahead of Time do I Need to Book a Train Ticket ?
It is the China Railway policy to issue the tickets 20 days before departure, so you need to book the tickets 20 days in advance. For Chinese festivals such as May Day (May 1st, 3 days holiday), National Day (Oct 1st, 1 week holiday) and Chinese New Year, train ticket demand is extremely high. If you plan to travel during these times, you should make the reservation as early as possible.
5. How to Collect the Train Tickets ?

1) Have the tickets delivered to a hotel you reserved in China;

2) Pick up by yourself at a railway station with your original passport and order number.

6. What is the Weight & Size Limit for Carry-on Baggage ?
20 kg (44 pounds) per person, with the total length of each item cannot exceed 160 cm (63 inches). Large baggage exceeding the limit can be checked into the train and the related formalities will need to be transacted at the railway station before your departure.
7. What are the Classes of the Seats ?

1) The Second Class

Five seats are in a row and the aisle divides the five seats into 3+2. The seats are not as spacious as first class seats, with a width of 42 cm. The legroom is also smaller, about 40 cm between two rows. Luggage space is as the same in the first class.

2) The First Class

There are four seats in a row with an aisle in-between. The seats are comfortable and spacious: each seat is 47 cm wide and there is room enough for an average-sized passengers plus a bag. The distance between two rows is about 40 – 50 cm, so you have enough room for your legs. We suggest that foreign passengers use this class. The luggage rack is 40 – 50 cm wide, just enough for a 20 inch (about 50cm) suitcase.

3) Business Class

The business class provides a leather sofa that is larger than a first class seat. Unfolding the sofa, a man over 180cm (about 6 feet) can lie comfortably on it.

4) VIP Seat

3 seats in a row with an aisle between. These seats are as large as the first class seats.

8. How are the Restaurant Car, Toilet, Smoking like on the Train ?

Toilet: Chinese trains generally have both western & squat toilets, but it is always a good idea to take your own supply of toilet paper. The toilets on the modern D & G category trains are immaculate, so no worries there!

Restaurant car: Most long-distance trains have a restaurant car, with waiter service of drinks, snacks & meals. The best trains on key routes such as Beijing-Shanghai have menus in both Chinese and English.

Smoking: Smoking is forbidden on high speed train.

9. Do the Train Stations Broadcast in English ?

The announcements at the train stations are broadcast in Chinese. However, in some big cities like Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai, and some hot tourism cities, they also broadcast in English.