I wrote a blog about Train from Beijing to Shanghai, and it became a very popular blog on the Internet. (Searching Beijing Shanghai in Google will lead to this page). After 3 years later, many reader asks me about whether the information is still accurate, and continue to ask about the Z train.
In this article, I would like to highlight the availability of a better train than the Z train, it is CHR train, or what the government calls it: the Train of Harmony. The train number is D31 from Beijing to Shanghai.
Train Number: D31
Running time: 9 hours and 59 minutes (why did they just delay it by one minute so it is 10 hours?)
From Beijing to Shanghai
Leaving Beijing at 10:50 every day,
and arrives in Shanghai on 20:49
The distance is 1463 km.
Here is the stations in between:
D31 1 Beijing 10:50
D31 2 Tianjin West 天津西 11:53 11:54
D31 3 Taishan (Tai Mountain) 泰山 14:32 14:33
D31 4 Xuzhou 徐州 16:30 16:31
D31 5 Bengbu 蚌埠 17:32 17:33
D31 6 Nanjing 南京 18:50 18:52
D31 7 Shanghai 20:49
Comparation between Z Train and CRH (D) Train
The train runs much faster, and although it has more stops than the Z train, it arrives fasters than the Z train.
The other notable difference is, Z train runs during the night – you get on the train at night, and arrives the next morning – perfect for travellers.
D train runs during the day. Get on to the train in the morning and arrives at night.
Pictures of The Train
To be honest, I didn’t personally take the train myself – as a rule of this blog, I don’t take photos from other people to tell you the story.
However, I did have some photos of the CRH running from Shanghai to Nanjing. The train should be exactly the same for the D31 train.
For more photos, keep reading this entry: