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Surrounded by Hebei Province and Tianjin in northern China, capital Beijing not only serves asa large gateway city to start China tour but also a major high speed rail transportation hub in China. Apart from more than 10 traditional railways, Beijing also runs a great high speed rail network to many nationwide destinations. Currently, travelers can take the fastest bullet trains - Fuxing Trains (running at 350km/h) from Beijing to Shanghai, Guangzhou and Tianjin, experience one of the longest rail lines from Beijing to Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong and enjoy the popular ancient China exploration from Beijing to Xian. And the inter-city trains from Beijing to Tianjin transfer thousands of passengers every day, for business, as well as tourism. Besides, Beijing operates hundreds of high speed trains to Chengdu, Guilin, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Pingyao, Zhengzhou, Nanjing, Huangshan, Harbin, Kunming, Guiyang, Lanzhou, Xining, Xiamen, Wuhan, Changsha, etc.
Generally, there are about 600 daily high speed bullet trains (G trains & D trains) departing from Beijing. Within 30 minutes, you can get to Tianjin, and travel to Xian, Shanghai and Hangzhou within half a day, and take longer daytime trains to the north (Harbin, Changchun and Shenyang), the east (Nanjing, Suzhou, Huangshan and Jinan), the south (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Guilin and Nanning), southwest (Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming and Guiyang) and northwest China (Lanzhou and Xining).
Beijing High Speed Rail Map
Through its all-around rail network, Beijing is the high speed train city connected with the most number of destinations in China. At present, passengers can take high speed trains from Beijing to nearly 200 cities, including Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Hong Kong and many other destinations. You can easily take a train travel from Beijing to view international metropolis of Shanghai and Hong Kong, catch a glimpse of ancient culture and history in Xian, Luoyang and Pingyao, see Giant Panda in Chengdu, photograph gorgeous natural landscape in Guilin… Check some of the popular high speed train routes of Beijing to get inspired for your China High Speed Train Tour!
Railway Stations: Beijing South (北京南站) - Shanghai Hongqiao/Shanghai Station (上海虹桥站/上海站)
Distance: 1,318 km/819 miles
Duration: 4 hours 18 minutes ~ 6 hours 24 minutes
After imperial culture and history exploration in the iconic sites of Beijing, boarding the newest Fuxing Train at the highest speed of 350km/h is a pretty cool and popular way to travel to Shanghai, a world class modern city with mix of East and West culture. There are over 40 high speed trains running from Beijing to Shanghai from about 6:40am to 21:30pm, including nearly 40 G trains (11 Fuxing trains leaving on hour) and 3 D bullet trains. So is the opposite route. The whole train journey takes just 4.5 ~ 6.5 hours, largely shortened from the conventional 15 or 19 hours to less than half a day and passes by Jinan and Nanjing. After completing your Shanghai tour, you can transfer to Hangzhou, Suzhou, Mt. Huangshan, Nanjing and other destinations from Shanghai within hours by short-distance high speed trains. (The 3 regular D trains depart and arrive at Shanghai Railway Station while others all arranged at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station.)
Beijing Shanghai High Speed Fuxing Trains
The Beijing Shanghai High Speed Railway has introduced the newest and most advanced Fuxing Trains, which are designed at the highest speed of 400km/h and runs at a normal speed of 350km/h. The fastest Fuxing train only needs 4 hours 18 minutes to travel between Beijing and Shanghai. If you would like to experience superb facilities and fast speed of China Fuxing Trains, there are 15 pairs of Fuxing Trains available on the route. From Beijing to Shanghai, you can choose from 15 G trains (G1, G3, G5, G7…) that run every hour on the hour between 07:00 and 19:00. Generally the train trip takes about 4.5 hours. (Please note that the above train number, schedules are listed for your reference. The detailed trains are subject to change. So you can contact us for up-to-date details.)
Railway Stations: Beijing West (北京西站) - Xian North (西安北站)
Distance: 1,216 km/755.6 miles
Duration: 4 hours 20 minutes ~ 6 hours 2 minutes
Both Beijing and Xian are great ancient Chinese capitals with abundant cultural and historical heritages, such as Great Wall, Forbidden City and Terracotta Warriors. Today, a half day high speed train travel can easily fulfill your dream tour of the two popular destinations in one trip. It is much cheaper and more convenient than taking a flight. Every day, Beijing sends nearly 20 high speed trains (all are G trains) from Beijing to Xian, ranging from 06:20am to 18:55pm. Compared to the previous 13 ~21 hours of normal K trains, currently, travelers only need 4.5 ~ 6 hours to get to Xian. Among all trains, G87 (14:00-18:20) goes the shortest hours and G653 (07:46-13:48) runs the longest duration. Departing from Beijing, tourists may drop by Shaolin Temple in Zhengzhou, Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang and Mount Huashan before reaching Xian, or extend extra 3~4 hours’ bullet trip to Home of Panda - Chengdu via Xian Chengdu High Speed Railway, less than 3 hours to Lanzhou to follow the ancient Silk Road in northwest China.
Spectacular Terracotta Warriors in Xian
Railway Stations: Beijing West (北京西站) - Chengdu East (成都东站)
Distance: 1,874 km/1,164 miles
Duration: 7 hours 48 minutes ~ 10 hours 4 minutes
Just like Beijing is the gateway city to China, Chengdu is the essential door to southwest China as well as the Home of the Giant Panda. After days of travel in Beijing, still wants to see some unique national treasure? More than half a day high speed train travel, you can see the adorable Giant Panda - the living fossil in Chengdu or other bases in Sichuan. Totally, Beijing delivers 4 daily high speed trains to Chengdu at 06:53/09:22/09:38/15:13 in the daytime and arriving in the afternoon. G89 is the first train as well as the fastest one running merely 7 hours 45 minutes. G349 is the last train that arrives in Chengdu nearly 23:00pm after about 8 hours' riding. Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Xian are the major stations en route. Except the downtown tour in Chengdu, the side trip to Leshan Giant Buddha, Mount Emei by fast intercity high speed trains are also highlights you can’t miss. Or you can pay a visit to Jiuzhaigou Valley, another World Heritage Site known for fantastic waters and natural scenery by long-distance bus ride.
Cute Giant Pandas in Chengdu Panda Base
Railway Stations: Beijing West (北京西站) - Guangzhou South (广州南站)
Distance: 2,298 km/1,428 miles
Duration: 8 hours ~ 10 hours 36 minutes
As one of the longest high speed rail in the world, the Beijing Guangzhou High Speed Railway connects capital Beijing and home of Chinatown - Popular straightforward. Starting from Beijing, the trains goes from north to south China via Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Hunan and ultimately gets to Guangdong Province. There are 5 regular high speed trains running from Beijing to Guangzhou every day from 07:27am to 13:07pm. G79 (10:00-18:01) is the fastest train that takes merely 8 hours. G65 and G68 are the newest Fuxing trains on this rail route. After arrival, you can view fancy city skylines, economic vitality and immigration culture of Guangzhou. Later you can transfer to Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Guilin, Guiyang, Nanning and other destinations in Southern China, or just fly back home from Guangzhou.
Railway Stations: Beijing West (北京西站) - Hong Kong West Kowloon Terminus (香港西九龙总站)
Distance: 2,440 km/1,516 miles
Duration: about 9 hours
Passing through various landscape of the heartland of China, a daytime high speed train connects Hong Kong and Beijing, two international mega-cities, much closer and easier in the most up-to-date way. The newly connected Beijing Hong Kong High Speed Railway has been put into use in the autumn of 2018, on the extension line of Beijing Guangzhou High Speed Railway. Now, travelers can get to Hong Kong from Beijing within 9 hours via Guangzhou and Shenzhen without complicated transfer and custom procedures. And it takes only 14 minutes to get to Hong Kong by Shenzhen Futian and less than 1 hour from Guangzhou to Hong Kong. The new rail line also offers convenient transfer from Hong Kong to Guilin, Guiyang, Kunming and Nanning and lots of other cities in mainland China.
Railway Stations: Beijing South (北京南站) - Harbin West Station (哈尔滨西站)
Distance: 1,331 km/827 miles
Duration: about 7 hours
If you are interested in exploring the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, or want to experience original Russian landscape and culture, you can travel from Beijing to Harbin and move on to Moscow from Harbin by cross-border traditional trains. Now, a 7 hours’ high speed train travel can bring you into Harbin - the Ice City to see delicate and colorful ice sculptures, large collection of Chinese and European architectures and experience a hilarious winter vacation. Skiing in the world’s largest ski resort is also an exciting way of fun. To get to Harbin from Beijing by train, you can choose from 6 daily high speed bullet trains (2 G trains for 7-7.5 hours and 4 D trains for 7.5 ~ 8.5 hours) between 06:30am in the early morning and 15:15pm in the afternoon. Both G trains pass Tianjin, Qinhuangdao, Shenyang and Changchun.
Railway Stations: Beijing South (北京南站) - Tianjin South/ Tianjin Station (天津南站/天津站)
Distance: 120 km/75 miles
Duration: 31 minutes ~ 59 minutes
The 120km-long Beijing Tianjin Intercity Railway is the first high speed railway of China, with a running speed of 350km/h. Whether you plan to visit Tianjin for travel, business or return home, there are more than 130 pairs of C trains available, including 20 pairs of Fuxing trains. Compared to previous 2 hours’ train travel and complicate transfer, currently, passengers now can get to Tianjin from Beijing within half an hour. The trains are arranged from 07:00am to 22:10pm every day, and all of them depart from Beijing South, most arrives at Tianjin South Railway Station and a few stop at Tianjin Railway Station.
Gorgeous Night Skyline of Tianjin
Except the high speed train routes mentioned above, there are also plenty more high speed trains running from Beijing to many other popular tourist destinations in China, such as to Hangzhou (about 5 hours), Nanjing (4.5 hours), Suzhou (5.5 hours), Huangshan (6.5 hours), Chongqing (12 hours), Shenzhen (about 8.5-10.5 hours), Xiamen (11.5 hours) and so on. Thus, you can get to most of the popular destinations from Beijing by high speed train.
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Beijing has five main railway stations serving for passenger service, and the most frequently used three high speed train stations are Beijing South Railway Station (北京南站), Beijing West Railway Station (北京西站) and Beijing Railway Station (北京站). If you want to take high speed trains from Beijing to Xian, Chengdu, Taiyuan, Pingyao Ancient City, Lanzhou, Guangzhou, etc. you should take trains at Beijing West Railway Station. And Beijing South Railway Station mainly runs trains between Beijing and Tianjin, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Harbin, Xiamen, Huangshan, and other destinations. Check details about Beijing Railway Stations
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