Top 4 Scenic Train Routes Starting from Guangzhou

Of all the means of traveling, taking a train is the best way to experience grand China’s sheer splendor and unbeatable landscape. Below are our picks of top 4 scenic train routes starting from Guangzhou, one of China’s most vibrant city favored by all foreigners. Head for one of these routes by rail, and we promised you will be in for a treat, with sparkling lakes, magnificent waterfalls, thrilling mountain views, picture-perfect desert, and excellent Chinese food!

Recommend China train tours from Guangzhou  

Guangzhou Night Scene

1. Guangzhou – Lhasa

The train ride from Guangzhou to Lhasa is hands-down the country’s most beautiful route and running all the way to holy Lhasa. Sit back and enjoy the unparalleled wilderness scenery when the train traverses the world’s highest plateau, through snow-capped mountains, tranquil lakes, great prairies the Tibetan villages.

Local food and snacks: buttered tea, highland barley wine, dried beef and mutton

The length: 4980km

Passing by: Changsha, Wuchang, Zhengzhou, Xian, Lanzhou, Xining, Golmud, Naqu

Guangzhou Lhasa Rail

2. Guangzhou – the Ancient Silk Road

This route connects modern world’s metropolis and the old Silk Road, and features the most exotic scenery in this nation. Passengers will pass by the cradles of Chinese civilization like Tianshui and Xian, and unique Danxie landform in Zhangye, as well as the awesome desert…

Local food and snacks: all kinds of noodles, and snacks made of flour

The length: 3900km

Passing by: Shaoguan, Zhuzhou, Changsha, Yueyang, Wuchang, Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Sanmenxia, Hushan, Xian, Xianyang, Tianshui, Lanzhou, Wuwei, Jinchang, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Liuyuan

Guangzhou to Silk Road

3. Guangzhou – Lijiang

From Guangzhou to Lijiang, the train glides through the most appealing minority area in China of photogenic scenery – Guangxi of woodlands, Luoping famed for stretches of rape flowers, and the famous Stone Forest en route to Kunming, Dali and Lijiang. Most people are fascinated with this place’s old towns, and romantic and laid-back vibe.

Local food and snacks: crossing the bridge noodles, delicious dishes made of fresh vegetables, wild mushroom, fish, chicken…

The length:1637km

Passing by: Zhaoqing, Yulin, Guigang, Nanning, Baise, Xingyi, Luoping, Stone Forest, Kunming, Dali

Lijiang in Yunnan

4. Guangzhou – Anshun

The train ride from Guangzhou to Anshun offers a romantic approach to lesser-visited Guizhou province, a mysterious mountainous area that is worth a insight vacation. It snakes through green hills with waterfalls, crisscrossed rivers and canyons, and peaceful villages of various ethnic minority groups.

Local food and snacks: Guizhou Cuisine is of spicy flavor, and similar to Chuan Cuisine and Hunan Cuisine. The most famous snacks include beef rice noodles, tofu mariko, red oil rice tofu, bean paste pancake.

The length: over 500km

Passing by: Zhaoqing, Maoming, Hechun, Yulin, Guigang, Nanning, Baise, Xingyi, Kunming, Qujing, Liupanshui

Anshun City View

High-speed Rail’s Triumph over Airlines in China

According to analysts, Mainland China’s airlines was experiencing a sharp decrease in passenger demand, leading a loss for the past three months, partly because of the competition from high-speed railways. As the growing passenger demand, China’s high-speed railways seem to get the temporary triumph.

Chinese airline

Chinese airline

In response to the impact brought about by high-speed rail and the passenger decline in low season, mainland carriers including Air China, China Southern Airlines are taking effective and affective measures, like offering heavy discount on tickets, adjusting the flight schedules. Moreover, Air China is shifting its emphasis to its Europe market.

Chinese high-speed rail

Chinese high-speed rail

China’s high-speed railways construction is in the full swing, and is expected to become the largest high-speed rail network worldwide when finished. The high-speed rail greatly shortens the traveling time by comparing with the conventional trains, and cover most China’s main cities. For instance, the Beijing-Guangzhou route, by far considered to be the world’s longest high-speed line, from the north to south passes through five provincial capitals, taking only 8 hours, compared with the 21-hour trip on the older trains.

Chinese high-speed rail

Business class of China’s high-speed bullet train

Thanks to the high-speed railways, travelers now can have a more comfortable train trip. Tired of air travel? Not patient with the frequent flight delays any more? Why not try the high-speed train tours? Then you may have chances to make new friends with Chinese in the train, appreciate the sceneries along the way. China Train Tours have appealed to numerous travelers. Click here for more China Train Tours.

China's high-speed rail

Second class of China’s high-speed bullet train