On 01 July 2015, there will be very visible changes to the national railway timetable. Beijing is on the receiving end of many new and improved railway services, according to Beijing Rail. New HSR trains will launch from Beijing to Mt Huangshan and Guiyang, amongst other destinations, and regular rail services will also see speedbumps.
HSR: New Service to Guiyang from Beijing
The opening of the Guizhou part of the Shanghai-Kunming HSR will mean that there will now be high speed trains leaving Beijing to Guiyang, capital of the province of Guizhou. This part of China is most known for its liquor (Maotai is from here — although we advise all readers not to overdo the drinking!). Trains will run from Beijing West (Beijingxi) to Guiyang North (Guiyangbei). The fastest trains will take only 11 1/2 hours, which is 15 hours faster than by regular rail.
Beijing-Guiyang high speed services:
To Guiyang North: Trains G81, G401, G403
To Beijing West: Trains G82, G402, G404
HSR: New Service to Mt Huangshan from Beijing
Mt Huangshan, also known as the Yellow Mountain, or simply Huangshan in Chinese, will also be connected to the national HSR network as of 01 July 2015. Its new North Railway Station (Huangshanbei) connects riders to the mountain and its surrounding vistas. Trains leave Beijing from the South Railway Station (Beijingnan) and will now run this stretch in just 6 1/2 hours — a huge improvement over regular rail services, which used to take upwards of 20 hours.
Beijing-Mt Huangshan high speed services:
To Mt Huangshan / Huangshan North: G265, G351 and all trains to Fuzhou / Xiamen
To Beijing South:: G270, G352 and all trains from Fuzhou / Xiamen
HSR: Faster Services to Province of Fujian from Beijing
The opening of the all-new Hefei-Fuzhou HSR means high speed trains going from northern China to southern China’s province of Fujian will be much faster. Instead of being rerouted via Nanjing, Shanghai, and Hangzhou, where some lines can have speed limits as low as 200 km/h (125 mph), the new line is far more direct, and is designed for speeds up to 350 km/h (218 mph), although initial speeds will be just slightly slower than this.
This will mean more trains and faster services — trips from Beijing to Fuzhou will now take “only” 7 hours and 44 minutes, which is 3 hours less than a previous HSR trip. Three trains will now run beyond Fuzhou to Xiamen, also known as Amoy, where it will use the city’s North Railway Station (Xiamenbei). Trains will leave Beijing from the South Railway Station.
Beijing-Fuzhou high speed services:
To Fuzhou: G27, G301, G303, G321, G323, G325
To Beijing South:: G28, G302, G304, G322, G324, G326
Beijing-Xiamen high speed services:
To Xiamen: G321, G323, G325
To Beijing South: G322, G324, G326
There will also be a faster service on regular rail from Beijing (West) to Xiamen. This will be Train K571 to Xiamen, and K572 to Beijing. These trains run from Beijing West (Beijingxi) to the central Xiamen station — which is slightly different from the HSR services.
HSR: More Trains from Beijing South to Shenyang
In addition to travelling on the existing, slower D trains from the main railway station in Beijing, there are now new services which are faster (but pass through Tianjin) to Shenyang from the capital’s South Railway Station. These trains use Shenyang’s North Railway Station (Shenyangbei).
Beijing-Shenyang high speed services:
To Shenyang North: G217, G219
To Beijing South: G218, G220
Travel times are expected to decrease even more when an all-new, direct Beijing-Shenyang HSR is ready before this decade is out. There are also a few scattered new trains from Beijing to Shenzhen (sleeper), Shijiazhuang, Qinhuangdao, and Hengshui.
Finally, there are noticeably faster regular services as well:
To / from Qingdao: A new direct overnight sleeper debuts as Train Z7 to Qingdao North (Qingdaobei), and Train Z8 back to the main Beijing station. (This train uses train numbers formerly assigned for overnight Beijing-Shanghai services.
To / from Ürümqi: Currently, the Beijing West express train to Ürümqi South (Wulumuqi’nan) runs as a Z train, which is the fastest regular rail service. The one from the main Beijing station will also run as a Z train from 01 July 2015, when speeds will be increased from 140 km/h (87 mph) to 160 km/h (99 mph).
A few services will stop running as of 01 July 2015:
- Trains G165 / G166 (Beijing South – Xiamen North)
- Trains G441 / G442 (Beijing West – Huaihua South)
- Trains K7751 / K7752 (Beijing – Qinhuangdao)
- Trains L7739 / L7740 (Beijing – Qinghecheng)