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China Train Seat Types

  • • Hard Seat

Hard Seat is cheapest way to go around in China. The hard-ticket car is usually very crowded. Very often you will find many people stand in the hard-seat car. Doing an overnight in hard seat can be awful. The seats make sleep improbable. Seat carriage toilets - squatting holes over the naked tracks - clog and stink up fast.

  • • Soft Seat

Soft Seat is only available for the train drive between 1-5 hours for fast trains. The soft-seat car is clean and comfortable. Soft Seat is not quite so costly. The soft-seat is a nice way of traveling bewteen the cities at shorter distance.

  • • First Class Seat

It's only available on the D (Electric Multiple Unit), G (Chinese Railway High-Speed), and C (intercity High-speed) trains. The seats are roomy and comfortable and are set four in a row. With an adjustable cushioned backrest, a small pillow and a foldable pedal, the soft seat offers a comfortable ride.\

  • • Second Class Seat

It's only available on the D, G, and C trains. Second class seats are arranged with three aisle seats and two opposite and the fare is from 20% to 40% cheaper than the fare of the first class.
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  • • Business Class Seat

It's only available on the D, G, and C trains. Business class seats are usually located right behind the operation cabs and in carriage No.3 of the train. Known as the "Sightseeing" seats, the business class are featured with large windows for viewing. The fare of business class is about twice of that of the first class.
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  • • VIP Seat

It's only available on the D, G trains. The seats are arranged behind the glass wall of the two operation cabs of the train. The fare is higher than the first class and about twice of the second class.

  • • Hard Sleeper

If you have a hard sleeper train ticket, that means you will spend the night in a 6-bed open cabin. The cabin has no door without any privacy. The hard-sleeper cabins are often noisy. There is a squat toilet and a washing room at each end of each car. The food trolleys pass back and forth along the narrow car corridor. You can buy some cheap food and drinks. If you pay more, you can have your meal in the restaurant car.

Soft sleeper of train
4 berth Soft sleeper
  • • Soft Sleeper

If you have a soft sleeper train ticket, that means you will spend the night in a 4-bed cabin or 2-bed cabin. The cabin has a door with much privacy. The soft-sleeper cabins are often clean and comfortable. There is a squat toilet and a washing room at each end of each car. The food trolleys pass back and forth along the narrow car corridor. You can buy some cheap food and drinks. If you pay more, you can have your meal in the restaurant car.

  • • Luxury Soft Sleeper

This is the top level sleeper and the most expensive. There are only two comfortable berths in a compartment and these are only available on a few trains. The fare is about twice that of a soft sleeper.

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