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China High Speed Train (Bullet Train)
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China high speed trains, also known as bullet or fast trains, can reach 300 km/h (186 mph), or a top speed of 350
km/h (217 mph).
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About 2,600 pairs of high speed trains numbered by G, D or C run daily connecting over 200 cities in China and
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covering 32 of the country's 34 provinces. Beijing-Shanghai high speed train link the two megacities 1,318 km (819
How to Collect Ticket mi) away in just 4.5 hours.

How to Take By 2017, China keeps the world's largest high speed rail (HSR) network with a length totaling over 22,000 km
(13,600 mi), including 12,500 km (7,760 mi) of rail routes allowing trains at a speed above 250 km/h (155 mph).
Baggage Allowance The world's longest HSR line, Beijing-Guangzhou High Speed Railway, extends 2,298 km (1,428 mi), and is expected
to run to Hong Kong in 2018.
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Why travel by high speed trains?


1. Fast:
The present operational speed of China trains high speed type is 250-300 km/h (155-186 mph), greatly shortening
the travel time. The duration from Beijing to Shanghai has been shortened from 15 hours to about 4.5 hours.

2. Punctual:
Different from flights, they are less influenced by weather or traffic control, hence able to arrive on time.

3. Convenient:
HSR trains are scheduled more frequently than normal ones and many of the high speed railway stations are
reachable by subway, making a rail journey much more convenient than before.

4. Reasonablely priced:
Although the ticket may cost a little more than a non-
bullet train ticket, it is still cheaper than a flight. From
Beijing to Shanghai, a soft sleeper on a non-bullet train
costs CNY476.5, a second class seat on a bullet train costs
CNY553, while the full airfare of an economy class is over
CNY1,000.

5. Comfortable:
The carriages are much better equipped than the old-
generation carriages, and rival the facilities of an airplane.
The seats are wider and softer, the windows are bigger,
and the washrooms are cleaner
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6. Safe:
The fast trains are operated by advanced technological communication systems to ensure passengers' safety to the
uttermost.

Ticket Types

Tickets on bullet trains are generally divided into four types - second class seat, first class seat, business class seat,

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and VIP seat. On a few overnight D trains, soft sleepers or deluxe soft sleepers are provided, and sometimes
standing room tickets are available when all seats are sold out. On some short inter-city HSR lines, China Rail Pass is
available, which is a prepaid card for self-service check-in at a railway station.

China High Speed Train Types


The types mainly include the popularized Hexiehao and the newly launched Fuxinghao. Fuxinghao, with its debut in
June 2017, is now running along Beijing - Shanghai, Beijing - Tianjin, and Beijing - Guangzhou High Speed Railways.

Hexiehao (CRH) Fuxinghao (CR)


Top Speed 300 km/h (186 mph) 300-350 km/h (186-217 mph)
Silver with red belt, or white with golden
Appearance Silver or white with blue belt
belt
Space 370 cm high; narrower legroom 405 cm high; wider legroom
Electrical
Standard type under the seats Standard and USB types beside the seats
Socket
Wifi Partially available Available on all
Types in CRH380A, CRH380B, CRH2, CRH3C numbered by G, CR400AF & CR400BF numbered by G or
Service D or C C

Facilities
Facilities on these highballs are of high standard, similar to those on an airplane. The seats can be rotated towards
the moving direction; the seatback can be adjusted to a wanted angle; each passenger is offered a foldable small
table; electrical sockets are available; and it is even possible to use Wi-Fi.

High Speed Railway Network


Since the earliest high speed rail line, Beijing - Tianjin Inter-
City High Speed Rail Line opened in 2008, China has developed
a dense high speed railway network reaching 22,000 km
(13,600 mi), accounting for 2/3 of the world's high-speed rail
tracks.

There are mainly four north-south and four east-west trunk


lines, and some inter-city lines, greatly shortening the travel
time within China.

According to the plan, the high speed rail will reach 30,000 km
(18,600 mi) by 2020 and 38,000 km (23,600 mi) by 2025. The
network will include eight north-south and eight east-west
trunk lines, linking all the big and medium-sized cities with a
population of 500,000.
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Major High Speed Rail Lines


Line Open Date Length (km) Speed (km/h)

Beijing-Shanghai 2011/06/30 1,318 300 - 350

Beijing-Guangzhou 2012/12/26 2,298 200 - 350

Beijing-Xian 2012/12/26 1,216 250 - 350

Shanghai-Guangzhou 2014/12/10 1,647 250 - 350

Shanghai-Kunming 2016/12/28 2,252 300 - 350

Xian-Shanghai 2016/9/10 1,509 250 - 300

Xian-Chengdu 2017/9/30 643 250

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Inter-city High Speed Trains


Line Open Date Length (km) Speed (km/h)

Beijing-Tianjin 2008/08/01 119 350

Guangzhou-Zhuhai 2012/12/31 117 200

Guangzhou-Shenzhen 2011/12/26 116 350

Shanghai-Nanjing 2010/07/01 301 350

Nanjing-Hangzhou 2013/07/01 249 350

High Speed Train Worldwide


Currently, 16 countries and regions worldwide have bullet trains running on their land, including China, France,
Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, and United Kingdom. The total length has reached
30,000 km (18,600 mi) and the speed varies from 200 km/h (124 mph) to 350 km/h (217 mph).

See Also: High Speed Era in China Railway History

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