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China High Speed Train Types

Fuxing Hao High Speed Train

You know China has the largest high-speed railway network in the world with currently over 100 cities in China with a population greater than 1 million and expected to grow to 221 cities by 2025, linking by high speed trains. Taking high speed train to see and explore the vast China is one of the most fashionable ways to travel within China. The train experience would be delightful with relatively cheap tickets, painless security, comfortable seats, air-conditioned cabins and plenty of legroom.

So, want to take some minutes to figure out what types of high speed trains are you going to take? What is the highest speed you can experience during your bullet train journey? What are the huge differences between high speed trains and normal trains in China? Let’s learn together!

● Hexie Hao (Chinese: 和谐号; literally: Harmony): It is known as the CRH series EMU and has root in foreign technology, which includes CRH 1, CRH2, CRH3, CRH5 and CRH6. While, the later variants of Hexie Hao such as CRH380A are designed by Chinese company without foreign technology. The highest speed can reach up to 350km/h.

● Fuxing Hao (Chinese: 复兴号; literally: Rejuvenation): It is next-generation EMU called CR series developed by China with independent intellectual property rights. There are usually two train sets - CR400AF and CR400BF. For the operation of Fuxing trains, the travel time between Beijing and Shanghai is shorten to 4 hours and 18 minutes for 1318 kilometers with the highest speed reaching up to 400km/h.

● Vibrant Express (Chinese: 动感号; literally: Vibrant): The vibrant CRH380A has been modified to a new model called MTR CRH380A, served under the brand Vibrant Express specially for Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Line. It is the only high speed train model China exported, and it mainly runs on Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Railway.

The above name given are based on electric multiple unit (EMU). You can find the corresponding “Hexie Hao, Fuxing Hao and Vibrant Express” and Chinese characters on the high speed trains. Besides the different generations and trainsets, China high speed trains can be generally classified into three types according to its speed and track: G train, D train and C train. When booking your train, you can select from “G”, “D” or “C” series with different durations and prices. Not all high speed routes are with three series of high speed trains. Some are only with G trains, some are only with D trains and while some are only with C trains. Normally C trains are intercity trains with short distance. Know their features one by one!

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