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Timetable of Qinghai-Tibet Railway to Change

Due to the sixth speed-up of China's railway, the operation times of Qinghai-Tibet Railway will be changed as of April 18, 2007. The timetable of trains from Lhasa to Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing and Guangzhou will be changed.

According to the new timetable, the train T166/3 from Lhasa to Shanghai will start the operation at 10:00 and arrive at Shanghai at 10:58, the third day. The train T164/5 will start at 20:08 from Shanghai and arrive at Lhasa at 21:00, the third day. The trains from Lhasa to Beijing will start at 08:30 and the operation time will be reduced to 47 hours and 4 minutes. The operation time of Beijing-Lhasa train is also reduced to 46 hours 30 minutes. The trains from Lhasa to Chengdu will start at 10:45 and the operation time will be reduced to 45 hours and 40 minutes and the Chengdu-Lhasa train 44 hours and 45 minutes. The Lhasa-Chongqing train will start at 10:45 and arrive at Chongqing after 46 hours and 32 minutes. The returning train will cost 45 hours and 39 minutes. The Lhasa-Guangzhou train will start at 10:00 and it will cost 56 hours and 10 minutes to arrive. The operation time of Guangzhou-Lhasa train will be reduced to 55 hours and 53 minutes.

- 2:00 A.M. EST, Apr 11, 2007

Direct Flight from Guangzhou to Lhasa Reopens

According to Xinhua News Agency, China Southern Airways reopened the direct flight from Guangzhou to Lhasa soon. Due to the fewer passengers in winter, China Southern suspended the flight last year.

The flight, CZ3417 flies off from Guangzhou at 07:10, every Monday and Friday, and arrives at Lhasa at 12:20. The returning flight, CZ3418 takes off at 13:10 from Lhasa and land Guangzhou at 18:10. It is said that the airline will be increased to three flights a week in May and one flight a day in July.

Passengers who want to fly to Lhasa also can choose another daily flight of China Southern, which will be transferred at Chongqing without changing planes. One can arrange the tickets at Guangzhou airport for the whole flight.

- 1:39 A.M. EST, Apr 9, 2007

Trains to Dunhuang to Add

More trains to Dunhuang will be lunched as of April 18, 2007, said the involved railway departments.

K592/1: From Dunhuang to Xian
N853/4: From Yinchuan to Dunhuang
T216/7 and T218/5: From Dunhuang to Urumqi
7527/8: From Jiayuguan Pass to Dunhuang
N857/8: From Lanzhou to Dunhuang

- 1:46 A.M. EST, Apr 6, 2007

Express Trains from Beijing to Shijiazhuang to Launch

After the sixth advance of China's railway speed, eight intercity express trains will be launched between Beijing and Shijiazhuang, the capital city of Hebei Province. It is said that the time on the train will be reduced to one hour and 59 minutes, about 40 minutes less than current T trains.

News from railway department said that the numbers of the eight trains will be D561/562, D563/564, D565/566, D567/568, D569/570, D571/572, D573/574 and D575/576. Detailed timetable will be shown on ticket office of the railway station. Besides, 12 express trains will be launched between Beijing and Tianjin also. Other express trains are D1, from Beijing to Shenyang North, D31/2 from Beijing to Shanghai, which can reduce at least two hours.

- 0:58 A.M. EST, Apr 5, 2007

Direct Train from Guiyang to Zhangjiajie to Start Operation

News from Xinhua News Agency said that a direct train from Guiyang to Zhangjiajie will start the operation on April 18, 2007, for a better transportation to tourists to Huangguoshu Waterfall, Dragon's Palace, Phoenix Town and Zhangjiajie.

The train number is 2646/5 and starts from Guiyang at 19:14, arrives at Zhangjiajie on 08:00, the next day. The returning train runs from Zhangjiajie at 19:20 and arrives at Guiyang at 06:38, the following day.

- 11:37 P.M. EST, Apr 1, 2007

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