During your trip from Xian to Beijing, visiting Pingyao Ancient City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in central Shanxi Province, makes your imagination of Chinese ancient living scenes come true in a lively way. The old buildings inside the remarkable well preserved walled city are the best examples of Ming and Qing urban planning. Then you can have a contrast tour to Forbidden City in Beijing to see how the royal palace from Ming and Qing Dynasties look like. Different from the ordinary public residence, the latter one is the most spectacular and luxury home and living quarter for the emperors. A combined journey of both destinations gives vivid sights and distinction between different classes in ancient China.
Generally, Pingyao sends 4 high speed trains (one more than the number of Beijing to Pingyao high speed trains) to Beijing every day from 08:41am to 16:13pm with duration of around 4 hours. Among them, two D trains are arranged in the morning and the other two are G trains departing in the afternoon.
Note: Train information is subject to final confirmation due to the delay of data occasionally.
Pingyao Beijing High Speed Railway is a short high speed rail line (606 kilometers long) between Pingyao (Pingyao Ancient City) and Beijing. Leaving from Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station, this route runs northeast on Datong Xian High Speed Railway, Shijiazhuang Taiyuan High Speed Railway and Beijing Shijiazhuang High Speed Railway and ultimately terminates at Beijing West Railway Station with 4 hours’ train travel. In the three provinces it passes through, there are about 5 to 10 stops along the route based on different schedules. And Shijiazhuang (石家庄) and Taiyuan South (太原南) are two major midway stations, which you can take to transfer to other destinations and rail lines.
Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station (Pingyaogucheng Railway Station - 平遥古城站)
Location: Houji Village, Pingyao County, Jinzhong City, Shanxi Province (山西省晋中市平遥县侯冀村)
Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station is a new high speed train in Pingyao County, providing high speed train passenger service for Pingyao Ancient City. Lying in southwest Pingyao, about 20 mins’ driving (8km) to Pingyao Ancient City, 3km to Shuanglin Temple and 1.5 hours’ driving to Taiyuan Wusu International Airport, the station works as a stopover station on Datong Xian High Speed Railway. It handles around 30 high speed trains to connected cities, such as Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lanzhou, Qingdao and Jinan, and Taiyuan, Baoji, Linfen, Yuncheng and more prefecture-level cities in Shanxi Province. Local Bus No. 108 offers convenient and direct transfer to Pingyao Railway Station and Pingyao Ancient City from the station. And the bus departs every 15 minutes between 7:00am to 20:30pm (in summer) /20:10 (in winter). Pingyao in not very big, so you can also take a taxi to tour sites around, like Wang Family Courtyard and Shuanglin Temple nearby. Read more about Pingyao Maps >
Beijing West Railway Station (北京西站)
Location: No.118, East Lianhuachi Road, Fengtai District, Southerst Beijing (北京市丰台区莲花池东路118号)
Beijing West Railway Station is a one of the major train stations in Beijing, serving both for normal slow trains and high speed trains. It is located next to West 3rd Ring Road, about 25mins’ driving to Forbidden City and 1 hour’s driving to Beijing Capital International Airport. The station is the starting station for trains on Beijing Guangzhou High Speed Railway, Beijing Kowloon (Hong Kong) Railway and Beijing Lhasa (Tibet) Railway. Besides, it dispatches about 180 high speed trains to lots of domestic destinations, for example, Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lanzhou, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Taiyuan, Changsha, Shenzhen and so on. Apart from taking a taxi, you can also take local bus, airport shuttle bus (from Beijing Capital International Airport) subway (Metro Line 7 and Line 9) or transfer from Beijing Railway Station by the Beijing Underground Diameter Line. Learn more about Beijing West Railway Station >
Class of Ticket
There are three kinds of tickets are provided on high speed train from Pingyao to Beijing, Business Class Seat, First Class Seat and Second Class Seat. Second Class Seat is the most budget level you will share a row space with other passengers. And the First Class of Seat is more comfortable and quiet for those who prefer a good rest on the way. If you would like to try the most luxury and superior train travel experience, the Business Class better than the business level on airplane will shock you beyond expectation. Check All Types of Seats on China High Speed Train>
Book, Collect, Alter and Cancel
Foreign tourists can book train ticket online or ask help from ticket agency, or buy the tickets physically at the train station with your valid passport. One thing you should remember is to book the ticket as early as possible, especially in peak tourist seasons. After collecting the tickets, please read carefully about the train number, departure date and station to make sure you won’t miss the train. If you want to cancel, alter your train tickets, you are required to bring your passport to the ticket counter and make the adjustments. Check details about How to Book, Collect, Alter, and Cancel Train Tickets>
Board & Get off
1) Prepare your documents well (valid passport with China Visa); 2) Get to the right train station in advance; 3) Collect train tickets; 4) Read your train ticket; 5) Pass the security control; 6) Pass through Security & Luggage Checks; 7) Find the right waiting room; 8) Cross the ticket checking gate; 9) Get to the right platform; 10) Get on your train. Keep the ticket well, because the ticket will be checked again to leave the station after you get off. Check details about How to Board & Disembark a Train>
China train travel with luggage is much easier than taking flight, for you don’t need to check luggage separately. Each passenger with a train ticket is allowed to carry luggage in certain weight and volume, but without limitation of amount and types. Though there are written regulation and rules about the luggage allowance, in practice, passengers can take as much luggage as you can if only you handled them properly. Check detailed Baggage Allowance & Policy to Take China Train>
Facilities and Service
All high speed trains in China are equipped with advanced facilities and good service to make your journey more convenient and comfortable. There are different places you can put your luggage onboard, racks and specialized luggage storage areas. Besides, the air-conditioner train offers you plug under the seats to charge your phone or laptop, sightseeing window to view the outside scenery as well as western-style toilets. There is also available dining area you can get some supplies. Bilingual signs and the broadcast use both Chinese and English so that you don’t need to worry about the communication. Check All Facilities & Service on China Train>
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