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

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

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?

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

Beijing Subway Trials Self-Service Ticketing on Lines 7, 8, 15, and Fangshan Line

From today (15 November 2016), if you want to get places on Lines 7, 8, or 15, or the Fangshan Line, you’ll need to talk to — that’s right, a machine. To cut queues in front of traditional ticket counters, the Beijing Subway is encouraging riders to use the automated machines to buy a new… Continue reading Beijing Subway Trials Self-Service Ticketing on Lines 7, 8, 15, and Fangshan Line

Huangtudian Railway Station Opens to Passenger Rail Traffic

Huangtudian Railway Station (黄土店站) has opened to passenger rail traffic, and will now be the Beijing terminus for all Suburban Line S2 trains until late 2019. The station is a short walk away from Exit G4 at Huoying Subway Station. Passengers who were used to going to Beijing North (Beijingbei) station at Xizhimen will now… Continue reading Huangtudian Railway Station Opens to Passenger Rail Traffic

Qinghe Railway Station To Be Temporarily Closed Starting 01 November 2016

Qinghe Railway Station will close to all passenger traffic as it is readied for the upcoming Beijing-Zhangjiakou HSR, which is slated to open in late 2019. As of 01 November 2016, it will no longer be served by any railway train service. The station itself will change from the current “hut” station to a huge,… Continue reading Qinghe Railway Station To Be Temporarily Closed Starting 01 November 2016

Qinghuayuan Railway Station to Permanently Close Starting 01 November 2016

Qinghuayuan Railway Station (清华园站), just 4 kilometres (2½ miles) away from the Beijing North (Beijingbei) rail terminus at Xizhimen, will permanently close on 01 November 2016. This is as works for the Qinghuayuan Tunnel, part of the new Beijing-Zhangjiakou HSR, gets underway. The railway station, amongst one of the oldest in the Chinese capital, was… Continue reading Qinghuayuan Railway Station to Permanently Close Starting 01 November 2016

Beijing North (Beijingbei) Railway Station to Suspend All Train Services Starting 01 November 2016

Beijing’s north railway station, otherwise known as Beijingbei station, will be closed to railway traffic as of 01 November 2016, but its ticket office will remain open. The station itself will re-open at a later time. When the closures enter effect, all trains that leave currently from Beijing North will be diverted as follows: All… Continue reading Beijing North (Beijingbei) Railway Station to Suspend All Train Services Starting 01 November 2016

Beijing Terminus of Beijing-Tangshan Intercity Railway to be in Tongzhou Sub-Centre

Beijing’s new sub-centre in the eastern district of Tongzhou is getting an HSR hub, as the Beijing terminus of the new Beijing-Tangshan Intercity Railway. It’s not too far from the current-day Beijing-Harbin Railway, being only 50 metres away from it, but is a ways out east, in fact not all too far from city limits.… Continue reading Beijing Terminus of Beijing-Tangshan Intercity Railway to be in Tongzhou Sub-Centre