Train Tickets Can Be Purchased 20 Days in Advance for 2013 Spring Festival Travel

During the period of the Spring Festival Transportation for
2013, travelers can buy their train tickets 20 days in advance. China’s railway
authorities expanded the timeframe for advance purchase from the standard 12
days or so to make it easier for the large number of people who will travel
during the holiday season.

Officially the period of the 2013 Spring Festival
Transportation begins on January 26 and ends on March 6. During this period,
those who purchase their train tickets by phone or online can do so 20 days in
advance. Those who purchase their tickets at ticketing windows can do so 18
days in advance. Personal ID’s are required to purchase train tickets.

The Spring Festival or the Chinese Lunar New Year falls on
February 10 on the Gregorian calendar this year.