China introduces high-speed sleeper trains Hongkong to Beijing and Shanghai

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  • AMcWhirter
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    China has jumped ahead of Europe as from June 15 it will launch high-speed overnight trains linking Hong Kong with Beijing and Shanghai.

    It means that, according to SCMP, existing overnight travel times “will be cut by half.”

    Europe (and I include UK here) has in recent years upgraded its sleeper trains with new rolling stock offering up-to-date facilities.

    But in the case of China these overnight trains are intended to operate over the high-speed network whereas in Europe sleeper services tend to use conventional or ‘classic’ lines. High-speed lines are, I believe, generally closed for maintenance purposes.

    However the piece refers to these overnight trains operating from “Friday to Monday” If true then it would suggest maintenance will be carried out on other nights.

    The photo shown in this piece from SCMP [paywall] shows a four-berth compartment.

    For corporate travellers one would hope that, as in Europe, single and double berth accommodation is provided.

    [paywall]

    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/transport/article/3265283/high-speed-sleeper-trains-depart-hong-kong-night-arrive-beijing-shanghai-morning-june-15

    Full piece here. No paywall.

    https://www.msn.com/en-my/news/other/high-speed-sleeper-trains-to-depart-hong-kong-at-night-arrive-in-beijing-shanghai-in-morning-from-june-15/ar-BB1nA1Lr

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    cwoodward
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    These trains will replace the fast long distance ‘through’ trains that have been suspended since covid.

    Train D909 will depart from Beijing at 8:13 pm and arrive in Hong Kong West Kowloon station at 8:47 am, while passengers on D910 will depart from Hong Kong at 6:24 pm and arrive in the Chinese capital at 6:53 am.

    For the Hong Kong-Shanghai route, travelers taking D907 will leave Shanghai Hongqiao Station at 8:15 pm and pull into Hong Kong West Kowloon station at 7:29 am, and D908 will leave Hong Kong at 7:49 pm and arrive at Shanghai Hongqiao Station at 6:45 am.

    For trains between Beijing and Hong Kong, tickets for a second-class seat or a sleeping berth range from HK$937 ($120) to HK$1,448. Passengers traveling between the SAR and Shanghai Hongqiao will have to pay a fare ranging from HK$682 to HK$2,128, depending on the class of seat or sleeping berth they choose.Tickets are already on sale.
    I am uncertain re the exact style of accommodation but these are it seems new (less than 3yo) ‘bullet’ trains.

    The additional trains bring the total number of Hong Kong-mainland high-speed trains to 127 pairs a day, with destinations scattered across 16 provincial regions on the mainland.
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    BlazeBreeze
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    Nice! China’s new high-speed overnight trains from Hong Kong to Beijing and Shanghai are a big deal. They’ll slash travel times in half. Unlike Europe’s sleeper trains on conventional lines, these will run on high-speed tracks. Maintenance will likely be scheduled on other nights. For accommodations, they’ll likely offer single and double berths, similar to Europe. Exciting stuff for travelers! Thanks for sharing!


    cwoodward
    Participant

    BB Alex has already said all that in his piece -why repeat it ?

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    AMcWhirter
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    SCMP has produced a detailed vlog of the inaugural Hongkong-Beijing high-speed night train.

    Lots of detail but it’s unclear whether or not the best accommodation would be a 4-berth compartment.

    For SNCF’s Paris-Nice night train (which is couchette only) it’s possible to book all the berths in one compartment which ensures privacy.

    One wonders whether this would be allowed for this particular overnight train.


    cwoodward
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    The trains are are a very poor standard and about 20 years out of date as regards comfort and amenities.
    My recommendation would be tp stay away.
    A better plan is to look at the HK MTR service across the border and get a decent long distance train from across the border – or better fly.

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