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

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 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

Track Laying Begins on Inner Mongolia’s First HSR Line

This update incorporates content from peoplerail.com. This is the official national railway Web news and information portal for China. Track-laying work has begun on the Zhangjiakou-Hohhot HSR, and on 12 September 2016, the first rails were laid in the Ulanqab-Zhangjiakou section. The 286.8 km (179¼ mi) long new line will link Hohhot, capital of northern… Continue reading Track Laying Begins on Inner Mongolia’s First HSR Line

Track Laying Begins on Shandong Section of Shijiazhuang-Ji’nan High Speed Railway

You might have seen the action if you were passing by on the Beijing-Shanghai HSR between Dezhou and Ji’nan: there’s another HSR line being built! This new line, the Shijiazhuang-Ji’nan HSR, is slightly slower (250 km/h / 157 mph instead of 350-380 km/h / 217-237 mph), has slightly more stations (around 2-3 more than the… Continue reading Track Laying Begins on Shandong Section of Shijiazhuang-Ji’nan High Speed Railway

New Timetables on 15 May 2016: More Peak Hour HSR Trains for Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei

This update is from People’s Railway Daily. This is the official national railway newspaper for China. Citing People’s Railway Daily, peoplerail.com has reported that the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei metropolitan area is to benefit from more frequent train services with the arrival of the new national railway timetables on 15 May 2016. While most of these new trains… Continue reading New Timetables on 15 May 2016: More Peak Hour HSR Trains for Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei

New Express Intercity Link Between Beijing and Bazhou to be Built By 2019

An all-new express intercity HSR link is to be built between Beijing and Bazhou, northern Hebei. The new 93 km (58 mi) route will also form part of the future Beijing-Kowloon HSR, and will connect Beijing West (Beijingxi) Railway Station via the new airport being built in the southern Beijing with Bazhou. The People’s Railway… Continue reading New Express Intercity Link Between Beijing and Bazhou to be Built By 2019

Beijing Rail to Operate New Trains from Central Beijing to Yanjiao

Yanjiao (燕郊), a city in Hebei (河北) right next to Beijing, is now getting a new an express train connection. The service, which lasts for approximately half an hour, will run three times daily (twice to Beijing and once to Yanjiao). This solves a long-standing question of how Yanjiao residents will travel to Beijing. The… Continue reading Beijing Rail to Operate New Trains from Central Beijing to Yanjiao

New Xin Qiao Special Care Service Centre Opened at Shijiazhuang Railway Station

The new Xin Qiao Special Care Service Centre (馨桥爱心服务区) at Shijiazhuang Railway Station is now open and ready to serve Special Care Passengers — namely, seniors, children, ill, disabled or pregnant passengers. The Centre is located in the southern part of the Level 2 Departures Hall (where there used to be ticket counters; they have since… Continue reading New Xin Qiao Special Care Service Centre Opened at Shijiazhuang Railway Station

Beijing-Guangzhou High Speed Railway Opens Beijing-Zhengzhou Section

All 2,298 kilometres of the Beijing-Guangzhou High Speed Railway has opened up on 26 December 2012. This means it is now possible to travel by HSR on the world’s longest HSR line — from Beijing West to Shenzhen North. The Zhengzhou-Wuhan part already opened in late September 2012, with the part from Wuhan-Guangzhou opened already… Continue reading Beijing-Guangzhou High Speed Railway Opens Beijing-Zhengzhou Section