Facilities on High Speed Trains
China high-speed trains are best facilitated among all the train types, which are even much better than most flights on account of its comfort and convenience. New and modern, Chinese high-speed trains get western style toilets, spacious seats, clean washrooms, convenient power sockets and even free Wi-Fi. Hereunder is an overview on the handy facilities on China bullet trains.
- Different Types of Seat and Sleepers
- Luggage Racks and Cabinets
- Power Outlets
- Wash Rooms and Toilets
- Barrier-Free Restroom
- Water Dispenser
- Dustbin and Disposal Bags
- Dining Car and Wheel Cart
- Washing Basins
- Free Wi-Fi
- No Smoking Area
To fulfill different needs of passengers, China highspeed trains are equipped with various types of seats and sleepers including Business Class Seat, Superior Class Seat, 1st Class Seat and 2nd Class Seat. All the seats are spacious enough and could be partially or fully adjustable for you to enjoy a comfortable sitting journey. Different classes not only differ on size of seats, but also on different allocated facilities like TV, pillow, power outlet, independent washroom, reading lamp, air-conditioning controller, etc.
For details, read more on Types of High-speed Trains & Seat Classes
China high-speed trains are outfitted with both luggage racks and closets on board to settle your luggage. Two luggage racks overhead the seats in each carriage are mostly used to store normal sized suitcases and bags, which could firmly hold your luggage free of falling and swaying. At the joints of two carriages, there are baggage cabinets to accommodate super heavy and large suitcases up to 30 inch. We suggest you put your luggage onto the luggage racks within your eyesight as close as possible, so you do not need to worry about the luggage loss when others get on and off at an intermediate stop. Besides, there are also hooks on the wall where you could hang up small parcels or handbags if sitting by the window. Otherwise, keep your valuables in your arms. Furthermore, if you book the most deluxe Business Class, there is no luggage rack but exceedingly large space around your seat instead. Check more about Baggage Allowance & Policy
You will never have to worry about battery running out on a China high-speed train, as power sockets are equipped on all bullet trains. You could usually locate the power outlets under the seat or under the luggage rack, which depends on the type of bullet train you take. Two or three connecting seats in one row may need to share one socket, while each business class passenger could enjoy exclusive use of an independent outlets. The electricity onboard is 220V AC in China, which is available for most mobile devices, such as cell phones, laptop, pads, electric razor, etc. You'd better prepare a converter or an adaptor in case your chargers are inapplicable to the sockets different from that in your countries.
Located at the place where two carriages link, washrooms on high speed trains could largely relive your pain of using the squat toilets on ordinary trains. Generally, most bullet trains are facilitated with clean western style seated toilets. There are also free toilet papers, hand sanitizers and disposable toilet seat covers provided, but they may run out sometimes. Therefore, you should always take your own in case. You could check the availability of the toilets by the signs above the entrance of the carriage. A green light suggests it is available, while a red light means it is occupied.
You could usually find a more spacious barrier-free restroom between the 4th and the 5th carriages of the high-speed trains, which is accessible for the disabled in wheelchair. There are also handy facilities like hand rail and SOS button for assistance. Meanwhile, it is also could be served as a baby care room as a diaper changing table is equipped inside, which is particularly convenient for mother & baby travelers. Attendants are also ready for help always.
A water dispenser is outfitted at the end of each carriage. You can get the boiled water only when the light turns green, and you'd better have your own cups as free disposal cups may run out sometimes. Please note that the tap water on high-speed train is undrinkable. If you get used to taking cold waters, the easiest way is to buy some bottled purified water which are sold rather cheap in the wheeled cart on trains
You can find the dustbins at one end of each carriage, with a pushing inlet on the wall where you could litter some large wastes. Besides, inside the pocket of the backrest in front of you there are small disposal bags for you to handle your small litters. You do not need to throw the bags into the dustbin as the train attendants will collect them finally.
Meals and drinks are offered on the dining car, which is usually located in the middle carriage of a high-speed train. Only pre-packed meals are available, which are probably much better than that on normal trains, but still taste terrible. It is nice for you to go there to have a drink as various choices are provided including wine, beer, coke, juice, milk and coffee. Meanwhile, the attendants will also wheel a trolley cart packed with snacks and beverages through all the way along the aisle of each carriage. You could just stay in your seat waiting for purchase. Passengers taking business class seats could enjoy free meals and beverages.
There is usually another washing basin with a mirror outside the washroom. Only cold water is available, which is mainly used for washing face, hands, doing make-up or washing some fruits. Please note that the water is undrinkable.
So far, free in-train Wi-Fi service is only available on a few high-speed trains (Fuxinghao). You could have an easy access to the internet, but a Chinese phone number is needed first to make the connection. If you take a bullet train between Beijing and Shanghai, or Beijing and Tianjin, you will get a chance to experience an in-train Wi-Fi surfing experience.
Unlike ordinary trains, there is no smoking area on Chinese high-speed trains. Passengers violating the regulations would be fined and not allowed to take train in China for half a year.