CRH @ 10: As CRH Celebrates its 9th Birthday, We Head Straight for its 10th

CRH @ 10 is a year-long (2016-2017) series focusing on China’s HSR developments as it celebrates 10 years of CRH express train services in 2017. China now has the world’s largest high speed railway network, with two thirds of the world’s HSR tracks firmly in Chinese territory. But it all really got started nine years… Continue reading CRH @ 10: As CRH Celebrates its 9th Birthday, We Head Straight for its 10th

China Railways to Introduce All-New Timetables for Mid-May 2016

By mid-May 2016, a vastly improved national railway timetable will be implemented, according to China Railway Corporation. There will be 600 new trains (300 new pairs) in service, bringing the total number of nationwide passenger train services to around 6,800 (3,400 pairs). This new improvement is one of the largest in recent years and will… Continue reading China Railways to Introduce All-New Timetables for Mid-May 2016

Passengers May No Longer Carry Bikes on Chinese Railway Trains

With effect from 05 January 2015, a new rule has gone into effect — passengers will no longer be able to carry bicycles onboard Chinese railway trains. This applies to both “full” bikes and folded bikes. It will also be against the rules to carry anything which is detrimental to public health, obstructs free passage… Continue reading Passengers May No Longer Carry Bikes on Chinese Railway Trains

Chinese Cargo Rail: A Whole New Game Starting Today

Most of us here are passengers — we do have bags but probably not the quantity that can fill up an entire carriage. Still, if you’re a rail-addicted expat moving from Beijing to Shanghai (as an example — say, better “international” food in Shanghai, perhaps?), there’s no need to overburden Beijing Airport when the rails… Continue reading Chinese Cargo Rail: A Whole New Game Starting Today

CRH380BL Trains Now Back in the Black

The CRH380BL trains are now officially back in the black. After resuming services on 16 November 2011 from Beijing South to Qingdao and back, these trains have started running on “main line” Beijing-Shanghai HSR routes and will re-enter full service shortly. The CRH380AL trains will then go in briefly for planned maintenance and will return… Continue reading CRH380BL Trains Now Back in the Black

Shanghai-Nanjing HSR: Timetable Changes (5 Nov 2011)

With effect from 5 November 2011: Train G7042 will not stop at Baohuashan. This train will now additionally call at Zhenjiang (arr 08:56, dep 08:58). Train G7122 will not stop at Danyang. This train will now additionally call at Baohuashan (arr 07:45, dep 07:47). Times of departure and arrival for this train at Zhenjiang will… Continue reading Shanghai-Nanjing HSR: Timetable Changes (5 Nov 2011)

Harbin-Dalian HSR Ready to Rock in July 2012

And it rocks exactly a year after the Beijing-Shanghai HSR took off. The Harbin-Dalian (Hada) HSR (哈大高速铁路) will be ready to ferry riders from Heilongjiang’s capital, Harbin, down to Dalian in Liaoning, in under 4 hours’ time as of July 2012. (The original line was scheduled for a 1 October 2011; however, Sheng Guangzu, the… Continue reading Harbin-Dalian HSR Ready to Rock in July 2012

Business Class on the CRH380AL: Not Always in Car 3…

Ah, Business Class. Where your seat becomes an instant lie-flat bed in 30 seconds after you summon it by the push of a button. That’s the good thing. The bad: it’s prohibitively expensive. And they only come in limited numbers… Less-good still is the fact that where the universal rule was that all longer CRH380… Continue reading Business Class on the CRH380AL: Not Always in Car 3…

On the Rails This October Break? Don’t Forget Your Passport!

This is the first-ever weeklong holiday to hit China since the June 2011 implementation of mandatory ID for travellers on CRH high speed trains (all trains prefixed C, D, or G). For foreigners, this will mean you’ll need your passport with you when travelling on HSR trains. People from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan will… Continue reading On the Rails This October Break? Don’t Forget Your Passport!

Beijing: Xizhimen’s New Interchange Passageway Now Reality

In brief: The new interchange passageway complex at the Beijing Subway’s Xizhimen interchange has entered service. The new interchange complex just opened, bringing ultimate relief to commuters. You’ve just shaved up to five minutes off your interchange marathon. (How cool is that!…) We’ll be going through this in a bit more detail some time later… Continue reading Beijing: Xizhimen’s New Interchange Passageway Now Reality