New Timetables on 15 May 2016: More Regional Rail Trains Across China
This is the official national railway Web portal for China.
China Railway Corporation has announced over 200 new regular rail trains (100 pairs) across all of the nation as the national rail operator switches over to a new timetable starting 15 May 2016. The new timetable is one of the most comprehensive in recent years, adding a significant number of new train services.
Set to benefit from the new timetable are in particular more regional destinations outside the major metropolitan areas. These mostly Tier 3 and Tier 4 cities will see more trains originating and terminating in these cities as opposed to larger cities, including provincial capitals. The cities of Yichun, Shaoxing, Liaocheng, Baoding, and Liupaishui will, for the first time, have trains that depart or terminate at these city stations running long-distance rail services across the country. A new train also being introduced will run between Zhanjiang and Shantou, to better connect western and eastern Guangdong.
New train services are also set to make rail journeys to Central and Western China easier. These including train services running on the following routes:
- Beijing – Dunhuang
- Chongqing – Yinchuan
- Lanzhou – Golmud
- Kunming – Liupanshui
- Kunming – Ningbo
- Nanning – Xining
- Qiqihar – Ürümqi
- Shenzhen – Ürümqi
Tickets for trains running on the new timetable have already been on sale since 20 April 2016 and can now be ordered as early as 60 days prior to departure. Further information (in Chinese) will be available at the official Railways 12306.cn web site and the official presences of the railways on Weibo and WeChat. In addition, station announcement boards will also post more details on the new services.