railways of china today

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2025 - tour - pricing

Year - 2025

Departure Date - mar 27

Return Date - apr 13

This Tour Is Open -

Tour Type - railfan tour

$5,400 - Double Room Occupancy

$895 - Single Room Supplement

$1,500 - Deposit To Hold Space

Final Payment Due By - dec 27, 2024

Tour Includes:

50 meals
all lodging
train tickets
fully escorted
fees for museums
fees for workshops

2025 - tour - Details

about this tour

In many respects, the great changes in China since the 1990s have parallels with USA during the first decades of the Twentieth Century.  In the case of China, a steam-based network has catapulted into the era of high speed rail, still expanding as of 2024.  On this tour, we will experience both  modern and traditional aspects of Chinese railroading including steam, diesel and electric operations.  We will also offer some rare industrial narrow gauge operations. All in all this will be a most interesting educational tour for the railfan.

 The hospitality of the people – and railway staff in particular – has been most welcoming over the many years running tours to China. Over the many years running tours in China they have allowed us to visit places very difficult or impossible to access in western countries.  There will also be time to explore and enjoy the local culture.

2025 - tour - Itinerary

day by day - Itinerary

Day 1 - thur mar 27

Independent arrivals into Shanghai, China and hotel check-in.

🍽 dinner

Day 2 - fri mar 28

Visit the Shanghai Rail Museum and other railroad points of interest. In the evening we take a Welcome to China dinner river cruise.

🍽 breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 - sat mar 29

Ride train D952 departing Shanghai at 8:30am and arriving Chengdu at 8:52pm.

🍽 breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 - sun mar 30

Visit the Shibanxi Narrow Gauge Railroad operating several 0-8-0s and some electric power. Rest of the day riding trains and photographing trackside.

🍽 breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 - mon mar 31

Second day on the Shibanxi Railroad. In the evening we transfer to Chengdu to board train K196 departing at ll:30pm. We will be in soft sleeper which has 4 persons to a compartment.

🍽 breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 - tue apr 1

All day onboard the train

🍽 breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 - wed apr 2

Arrive at Hohhot 6:18am. Some local sightseeing before catching the train to Jingpeng.

Hohhot is the provincial capital of the Inner Mongolia Autonmous region of northern China. The city is a prefecture-level municipality and the command headquarters of the Inner Mongolia Military Region. It is situated in the upper valley of the Dahei River. This city grew up as a frontier trading center.

🍽 breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 - thur apr 3

Trackside on Jingpeng Pass which recently electrified. This line sees  Over 20 Passenger trains plus freights.

🍽 breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9 - fri apr 4

Trackside to Daban then catch train K1519 departing Daban at 9:37pm. Everyone in soft sleeper.

🍽 breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10 - sat apr 5

Arrive Shenyang at 6:30am. Visit the local Railway Museum then take the high speed rail link to Jiamusi.

🍽 breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11 - sun apr 6

Visit the Huanan Narrow Gauge Railroad. We have arranged for our own charter train pulled by steam. In the evening we catch an overnight train in soft sleeper.

🍽 breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12 - mon apr 7

Early arrival at Changchun. We then board a local train for Baishan. Visit and trackside an electric ore narrow gauge line.

🍽 breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13 - tue apr 8

Spend the day on the narrow gauge ore line. In the evening we catch train K7386 in soft sleeper. This train operate to the coastal region near Dalian.

🍽 breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 14 - wed apr 9

Arrive Pulandian at 7:27am. Explore the SALT railways of this area.

🍽 breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 15 - thur apr 10

Continue to explore the Salt railways which are diesel operated. The salt is loaded into old wooden cars.

🍽 breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 16 - fri apr 11

Morning transfer to Dalian and board train T131 departing at 11:39am in soft sleeper class.

🍽 breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 17 - sat apr 12

Arrive in Shanghai at 12:56pm. Free Time this afternoon to explore Shanghai. . Our farewell dinner will be in old historic dining cars.

🍽 breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 18 - sun apr 13

Hotel check-out and end of tour and flights home.

🍽 breakfast


Tour Pricing:

All tour prices are subject to change without notice, at any time. All prices based on double room occupancy. Those people that use a credit card for payments a 3% conveyance fee (The 3% fee has been suspended until further notice) will be added to the tour price. We reserve the right to change tour prices if necessary without prior notice.