If you have filled your shopping bags and seen the wonderful sights and modern marvels of Shenzhen, maybe, you’d like to take a quick trip to explore afar. Well, that’s actually pretty easy to do, of course you can get to anywhere you want via bus or plane, but how about the glitzy new high speed trains? Let’s explore.
There are two types of high speed trains:
D series trains (top speed 250kph) – clean, comfortable and modern.
G series trains (top speed 350kph) – the latest and fastest.
Both offer first and second class seating, the first class gives you a wider seat, slightly softer with most seeming to have a power outlet to charge your phone etc. In many cases the cost difference is not great.
There are three HSR (High Speed Rail) lines:
Jingguangshengang HSR – major cities serviced include: Shenzhen-Dongguan-Guangzhou-Qingyuan-Shaoguan-Chenzhou-Hengyang-Zhuzhou-Changsha-Yueyang-Xianning-Wuhan-Xiaogan-Xinyang-Zhumadian-Luohe-Xuchang-Zhengzhou-Xinxiang-Hebi-Anyang-Handan-Xingtai-Shijiazhuang-Baoding-Beijing
Hangfushen HSR – cities serviced include: Shenzhen-Huizhou-Shanwei-Jieyang-Shantou-Chaozhou-Zhangzhou- Xiamen-Quanzhou-Putian-Fuzhou-Ningde-Wenzhou-Taizhou-Ningbo-Shaoxing-Hangzhou
Guangshen Railway – cities/stations serviced include: Shenzhen-Zhangmutao-Chanping-Shilong-Guangzhou East-Guangzhou
There are three stations for high speed trains:
Shenzhen Station – at Louhu, offers D trains that head to Guangzhou on the Guangshen Railway.
Shenzhen North Station – at Longhua, offers G trains on the Jingguangshengang HSR line which terminates at Beijing. One of these trains takes a turn at Zhengzhou and goes to Xi’an. It also offers G trains to Hangzhou on the Hangfushen HSR.
Shenzhen Pingshan Railway Station – at Pingshan, offers G trains to Hangzhou (Hangfushen HSR).
From either SZ North or Pingshan, there is also a D train that runs to Nanjing servicing over 30 cities along the way, a D train that goes to Longyan, and also a D train that terminates at Shanghai Hongqiao.
It’s reported that in the future Shenzhen station (Louhu) will become a station for intercity trains within Guangdong, and long distance trains will move to Shenzhen East station. There will be a new HSR to Maoming, and of course in the future there will also be a HSR (or two?) into Hong Kong proper.
High Speed Rail Maps: