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 need the document of identity they used when entering the mainland. Locals (PRC citizens) will just need their second-generation ID cards. PRC mainland students under 16 can use school ID; military personnel from the PRC mainland armed forces will just need military ID.

For more on this, see our detailled guide. If you don’t have ID, you’ll need to check with your embassy — so do it before they’re closed for the weeklong break!

This item was first posted in a constituent site which was later merged with Tracking China. It was posted before 2012 and may contain outdated content. If a specific date/timestamp was not found, the default used instead is at 12 noon Beijing time.

By David Feng

David Feng — founder and publisher, Tracking China, a Street Level China website.

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