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China High Speed Train Introduction

Bullet train was first introduced into China in 2008, and since then, China's rail witnessed a boom of this fast way of transportation across the country. At the end of 2009, China's first high-speed rail line-Wuguang High-Speed Rail Line was put into use to link Guangzhou and Wuhan. The operation of the high rail line marks another stage of China's rail system. Currently there are five major high-speed rail lines: Beijing-Shanghai, Beijing-Tianjin, Shanghai-Nanjing, Shanghai-Hangzhou, and Guangzhou-Wuhan.

The high speed trains, also called fast train, can be divided into severe kinds according to the operating speed. From the fastest to slower, China high speed trains including:
G Trains (High Speed EMU Trains (G is for 高鉄)) with the average speed of 300 km/h or above.
C: intercity high-speed rail. Top speed 300 km/h. Only found on the Beijing–Tianjin–Tanggu line.
D Category Train (动车)is the first kind of bullet train. It has a speed of over 200 km/h. This kind of trains mainly use on the popular rail lines connecting major cities, such as trains Beijing/Shanghai, Beijing/Zhengzhou, Beijing/Xi'an, Guangzhou/Shenzhen, Shanghai/Hangzhou, Shanghai/Nanjing,.Trains only stop at a few major stops along the way.

The slower trains (not high-speed train) are:
Z or T: intermediate-speed non-CRH trains. Some of these get up to 160 km/h (100 mph) ,Z means 直通 direct with very few stops at start of journey. T is 特炔 special fast.
K or no letter: slower, cheaper and more crowded trains. K is 快 meaning fast and is the most common train, definetely faster than no letter train which would stops at every station.
On most trains, there are just two classes of seats, first class and second class. Both classes are comfortable, though first has noticeably wider seats. Some trains also have a limited number of VIP sightseeing class or private seat cabins. Some long-distance runs have sleeper cabins.
Taking the fastest train Is not always the best way to travel between cities, for example, between Beijing and Xi'an, it might be better to take the overnight T or Z train instead of travelling 6-7 hours on the D train. You save one night hotel bill and one day travelling time.

Facilities Onboard
There are no sleeper cars in G train (D trains on long route may have sleeper cars). It has two kinds of seat: first-class seat and second class seat (all are soft seats). There are two seats on each side of the aisle in the first class seat car, and three seats on one side and two seats on the other in the second class car. There are restaurant car and bar in the train.

The car is fully air-conditioned, and the floor is coved with carpet. The seat is adjustable. There are flush toilets and toilet paper. Both hot and cold water is available in the washing room. Special toilets for the handicapped and people with kids are available.

All the waiters and waitresses on the train can be compared to that of the flight, young and good-looking. See what does a Chinese train look like?

Baggage Allowance
Carry-on Baggage

The maximum carry-on baggage allowance for each passenger is 20 kg. The size may not exceed 60*35*35. Carry-on baggage in excess of the limit is subject to an excess baggage fee and must be carried as checked baggage. See China train baggage allowance

Facilities on High Speed Trains
The first class seats and the second class seats are the main kinds of seats on the fast train, and some trains also have the business class seats.
Second Class Seats
They are the cheapest kinds of seat onboard, but still with roomy leg space for every passenger, just like the economy class on the airplane, with a tray table behind each seat.
A second class carriage has five seats in a row - two at one side and three at the other side of the aisle. The arms between two seats can be folded up.

Second Class Seats on High Speed Trains

First Class Seats
The first class seats are more expensive than the second ones, for larger seat size and more personal space. There are four seats in a row - two on both sides of the aisle in the first class carriage. The seat can turn 360 degrees and can be adjusted backwards to a comfortable angle. The tray table is in the arm of each seat.

Business Class Seats
Business Class Seats are the most luxurious and expensive seats set on some of the high-speed trains, just like the first-class on the airplane. There are two business class carriages at the front and rear part, behind the operation cab. In each Business Class carriage, there are three seats in a row-twon on one side and one on the other side of the aisle. And between two rows, there is a two meters’ space.

Luggage Racks
Luggage racks are above the seats on both sides of a carriage. Only bags or suitcases of normal sizes can be put onto the racks; at the junctions of two carriages, there are luggage closets for large-sized trolley suitcases.
Battery Charging
Under every seat, there are power supplies (for both two-blades and three-blades plugs ) so passengers can recharge their devices during the train journey.

Dining & Hot Water
In each carriage, there is a water heater and boiled water is available during the whole trip. Also friendly staff onboard offer refreshment trolley service ever half hour, and some cooked meals for long time journey. On some trains, passengers in the business (sightseeing) class, super class and first class carriages will be served with free meals and beverages. Halal food is available on some trains.
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