China expands high-speed and overnight sleeper services
A new national timetable was introduced in China on December 30 2019 which increases the number of passenger trains by 263.5 per day to reach 4816.5 daily round trips.
China National Railway (CR) is also adding nine daily EMU sleeper trains. This includes a new direct sleeper service between Hangzhou and Qingdao which has cut the journey time between the two cities from 22h 12min to 13h 17min. Seven new overnight sleeper trains are now running from Beijing to Nanchang, Sanming, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Jinggangshan, and Fuzhou. The other new sleeper train runs from Jinggangshan to Nanchang, via Jingjiu, Changfu, Fengfu, and Jiheng.
CR has also adjusted timings on several routes to make travel easier for passengers and to optimise the capacity of major stations.