Tianjin Readies More Works Plans for Metro Lines 7 and 11

That map of Tianjin’s metro lines is becoming busier with every year: we now have Lines 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 9 opened to the public already. You’ll want to add two more lines to this, as the city by the Bohai Sea is finalising routes for Lines 7 and 11. As lines go… Continue reading Tianjin Readies More Works Plans for Metro Lines 7 and 11

China to Open Nearly 5,000 km of HSR Lines in 2019

At least 4,447 km. We’ve done the number crunching and this is how the figures look. So let’s hope you’ve a visa or residence permit valid for quite a while, because those new lines will connect you to many key destinations across China. (Why not an exact figure? The expansion of the Pearl River Delta/Greater… Continue reading China to Open Nearly 5,000 km of HSR Lines in 2019

Second HSR Station for Hong Kong? Macao to Get High Speed?

As of late, plans for more rail links in the Pearl River Delta, also known as the Greater Bay Area, are popping up around the Chinese rail world. Here’s a look at what is being proposed, as per part of the regional plan. Note: As with everything China, the following may be subject to change!… Continue reading Second HSR Station for Hong Kong? Macao to Get High Speed?

China Railways Announces New Timetables to Take Effect on 10 April 2019

The Chinese railways have announced a substantial change to their timetables, to take effect on 10 April 2019. It is likely there will be further fine-tuning to come in the summer, in advance of an anticipated speedbump on the southern half of the Beijing-Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong HSR. Here are the major improvements as per the national… Continue reading China Railways Announces New Timetables to Take Effect on 10 April 2019

Could Ji’nan West Become a 36-Platform Monster?

The Chinese WeChat and rail communities are talking about a massive expansion of Ji’nan West (济南西; Ji’nanxi) Railway Station — which, admittedly, can appear to be too much Zukunftsmusik during one of the station’s quieter hours, when the 17-platform present-day megahub looks quite expansive already. The new expansion of the station is likely to be just… Continue reading Could Ji’nan West Become a 36-Platform Monster?

China’s High Speed Network Could See New 350 km/h Additions

At present, the Beijing-Tianjin Intercity is the nation’s sole “all-350 km/h (217 mph)” High Speed line (with the exception of maybe a few CRH Harmony Express using the route to northeastern China). CR Revival Express trains on the Beijing-Shanghai HSR also clock in amazing speeds at 350 km/h (217 mph), shortening the journey from Beijing… Continue reading China’s High Speed Network Could See New 350 km/h Additions

Beijing-Kunming HSR (New Route) Escaping Shijiazhuang?

The city of Shijiazhuang (石家庄) has only been of more recent importance, as it was relatively unknown until the start of the 20th century, when it became where a west-east railway out from Taiyuan (太原) and the major north-south route (Beijing-Guangzhou) crossed paths. The city now hosts some key routes, including the newest addition, a… Continue reading Beijing-Kunming HSR (New Route) Escaping Shijiazhuang?

He’nan Part of Hohhot-Nanning HSR to Skip Zhengzhou in Favour of Luoyang

The Central Chinese province of He’nan (河南) is well known as a major rail hub. Zhengzhou (郑州), in particular, is known as the heart and hub of the railways, both locally, and also nationwide. However, the rest of the province also is getting more High Speed love. At present, Luoyang (洛阳) is known as a… Continue reading He’nan Part of Hohhot-Nanning HSR to Skip Zhengzhou in Favour of Luoyang

Beijing-Shanghai HSR Timetable to be Improved Further on 10 April 2018

Less than a month after Chunyun 2018 draws to a close, there are already visible improvements readied for the Beijing-Shanghai HSR, which features the world’s fastest conventional HSR train at 350 km/h (217 mph). Here are a few of the most visible improvements to note… 1. First-ever HSR trains to Central Shanghai. There used to… Continue reading Beijing-Shanghai HSR Timetable to be Improved Further on 10 April 2018