To travel by train is a cheap and safe way to explore China. The railway network has covered most parts of China. It's convenient to take a train to most cities, so to travel by train is very popular among young people. During your journey, you can enjoy beautiful natural scenery along the rails. And Chinese people are friendly, helpful and like to chat with foreign travelers if they can. You may make friends with the Chinese people and enjoy a chat with them. Travelers can also get some helpful information from the accompaniers on the train.
Trains can also save money compared with flights and improve safety of coach journey. Train facilities in China have been improved, so travelers can enjoy a more comfortable and safer railway journey. Soft sleeper is the most comfortable way to experience the train journey. Besides, China has a number of high-speed railways across the country. Nowadays, bullet trains can reach major tourism destinations such as Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Qingdao, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Chongqing at speeds of up to 350 kilometers (217 miles) per hour. It's fast and convenient to take a bullet train to explore China.
Beautiful Cities Connected by China's Railway Networks
Beijing is a city combining Chinese traditions and modern prosperity. The historical sites of imperial gardens, ancient temples and tombs of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) provide a cultural backdrop to modern Beijing. Being the capital city of many feudal dynasties, Beijing boasts grand imperial palaces, gardens, temples, altars, tombs, among other ancient forms of architecture, which still exhibit their ancient grandeur and glory. The crowded pedestrian streets in the city center and countless shopping malls scattered across the city supply and display commercial prosperity and vigor. Beijing is the starting point of many railway lines, making it easy to be reached.
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Shanghai, the richest city in China and one of the most popular cities among foreigners, is a city with an amazing mix of Chinese traditions and western civilization. Known as the "Oriental Paris", Shanghai enjoys world-class status among cities.
As one of the world's leading business and financial centers, Shanghai's position as an economic powerhouse is evidenced by the city's ambitious Pudong New Area skyline, as part of the Pudong Special Economic Zone, not to speak of the glittering views of Shanghai by night, offered by a Huangpu River cruise.
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Xi'an, called Chang'an in the past, is the most famous ancient capital in China. As the capital for 13 dynasties such as the Qin, Han, Sui and Tang Dynasties in Chinese history, Xi'an has a lot of well-preserved historical and cultural relics. It is compared to a natural historical museum of China.
It is the eastern start of ancient Silk Road to promote Chinese culture to spread to Asia and Europe. The Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang is the first thing should not miss in Xi'an. Northwest Chinese food such as Muslim food is recommended. Xi'an is one of the best cities to explore an authentic Chinese historical and cultural journey in China.
Recommended Xian Train Tours:
- Take a 5-Day Train Travel to Shanghai & Xi'an from USD $649
Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region and has long been the center of politics, economy, culture and religion in Tibet. Lhasa is located at the center part of Tibet and is the most suitable places for traveling in Tibet. Lhasa means "holy land" in Tibetan languge, and its status of the "holy land" is evidenced by the various monasteries in the city, Barkhor pilgrim circuit.
Lhasa has become a prime tourism center and an important and a pratical stop for preparations for tours further into the region.
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There are convenient trains from Shenzhen and Guangzhou in Guangdong Province to Guilin which is famous for its beautiful natural karst landscape. In the north of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Guilin's is an attractive place for photography lovers. The beautiful picture consists of blue sky, the clear Li River and different-size karst hills.
The natural scenery on banknote 20 RMB is in Yangshuo whose landscape is the best in Guilin. Zhuang people's unique life is another highlight in Guilin. Longsheng Rice Terraced Field and hot spring are attractive all the year round. Local dishes are a mixture of Hunan Cuisine and Canton Cuisine.
Recommended Guilin Train Tours:
- Take a 12-Day Train Safari Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin and Hong Kong from USD $1,569
Hangzhou is speckled with lakes and mountains, gardens, courtyards, temples and towers. Ancient cliff inscriptions abound on the Hill Flown From Afar, just as there are scores of Buddha and bodhisattva figures, and of course there are innumerable examples of these sculptures, many of which are of precious jade, inside the city's Buddhist temples.
There are many well-known historical and cultural sites in the areas around West Lake. Examples are Lingyin Temple and Six Harmonies Pagoda. Hangzhou is also well known for its silk and tea. A trip to Hangzhou can be easily combined with a visit to a tea plantation in the hills near West Lake.
Recommended Hangzhou Tours:
- Take a 4-Day Glance at Hangzhou and Wuzhen Water Town from USD $519
With a 2500 years history, Suzhou is a hot travel destination and import city in the Yangtze River Delta. It is easily reached by train from Shanghai (another main port to arrive in China except Beijing). Water towns consisting of ancient local houses, clear rivers and small brides are highlights of Suzhou.
Ancient private gardens and water towns has attracted a lot of photography lovers to head to Suzhou. Located on the bank of Taihu Lake, Suzhou's ancient gardens make its reputation. Different-size rockeries play an important role in the private gardens. To drink a cup of green tea and hear some Kunqu Opera in Shantang Academy is a great way to experience local life.
Recommended Suzhou Tours:
- Take a 4-Day Highlights Of Shanghai and Suzhou Tour from USD $469
Having been the ancient capital for about 500 years, Nanjing (also called as Nanking) is one of top 4 ancient capitals of China. As the provincial capital of Jiangsu Province, Nanjing has rich historical and cultural relics and beautiful night scenery. And it's convenient to take a bullet train from Suzhou, Shanghai and Beijing to Nanjing.
Nanjing (Southern Capital) is seemed that a direct foil to Beijing (Northern Capital of China). To take a small boat is a popular way to enjoy beautiful scenery along the Qinhuai River. Spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit Nanjing.
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Chengdu has some international flights from Europe, American, Australia and Southeast Asia, and it's easily to reach from the other parts of China. Located in the southwest of China, Chengdu (the provincial capital of Sichuan Province) is the hometown of unique Chinese Giant Pandas. With a more than 2600 years history, Chengdu keeps a lot of historical relics. Influenced by Taoism culture, Chengdu is also a great place to visit some Taoism relics.
Lazy and slow-speed life style deeply attracts numerous travelers from home and aboard. Authentic Spicy Sichuan dishes and hot pot are worth trying in Chengdu. Face-changing performance of Sichuan Opera is interesting and amazing. Besides, rare natural beauty in Jiuzhaigou in autumn is one of the most marvelous destinations in China.
Recommended Chengdu Tours:
- Take a 5-Day Chengdu Panda Tour from USD $509
Due to buildings constructed along the mountain, Chongqing is well known as the Mountain City (Shancheng). It also has a nickname-the Foggy City because of local weather. As the result of heating, Chongqing is one of top 4 Stove Cities in summer together with Wuhan, Hangzhou and Nanjing.
Chongqing is one of the most popular cities to see night scenery. As the start or end of the Yangtze River cruise, travelers can enjoy a wonderful magnificent journey along the Yangtze River between Chongqing and Yichang in Hubei Province or Shanghai. There are bullet trains running between Chongqing and Chengdu with a 2 hours journey.
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Important Note: During important Chinese festivals such as the Spring Festival, May Day and Chinese National Day, we don't recommend to take a train journey because trains are overbooked and full of crowded people.
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