Ask Jack


Ask Jack

I am Jack, the auther of You can ask me anything about rail travel in China. I’d love to offer help.

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Who is Jack

I am Jack Li, a Chinese who is running I used to work for one of China’s largest online tour agency China Highlights for 4 years, where I helped foreign travelers plan rail routes and bought tickets for them. After leaving China Highlights, I started this blog to follow my passion. Now I am blogging at as a hobby, sharing train travel tips, news and travel guide.

I also answer questions on TripAdvisor’s China forum and questions from my visitors via Email.

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Why I created China Train 12306

China’s train, especially high speed train has become an increasingly popular transport option. They are clean, comfortable, fairly cheap, and running always on time. A lot of foreigners would love to travel by train in China. But I found that many of them having difficulties in taking the trains. They often have some basic questions such as:

How can I book China train tickets?

Where can I check live China train schedule in English?

Do I need to book tickets in advance?

How to get from A to B?


So, I decided to start China Train 12306, not only wanted to help more foreigners travel by train in China, but also to follow my passion and to improve my English via blogging. I like to exchange ideas with foreigners and hope you can see and learn more about cities and countryside in China via your train travel.

What to Ask Jack

You can ask me any China travel travel related questions, such as:

What is the best way to travel from Zhangjiajie to Guilin?

How can I get from Hong Kong to Dali Ancient Town?

What is the train cost between Guangzhou to Shenzhen?

How can I get to Hong Kong West Kowloon Station?

How long in advance should I book my tickets?

Should I buy tickets online in advance or buy at train station on the date of travel?

Feel free to ask me, and I will answer to the questions or search for the info online for you. I don’t charge you any fees, but I only reply you when I have free time.

What did they asked Jack

Kevin asked:

“Hi Jack, first I would like to say great blog!

We want to get from Laos to Kunming, and it seems that we need to get off the train in Boten, cross the border, and catch another train in Mohan. However, I can’t see any train station in Mohan on Google maps! Any advice on how I would find this station? Is it walkable once we pass through customs on the Chinese side of the border?”

Paola from Italy aksed: 

Hi Jack,

we are trying to buy tickets on the night train from Datong to Pingyao (6th of September) but all the websites, included those advised by you, are sold out.

Do you think we might be able to find tickets in China, directly in a train station? Or do you think all the tickets are already sold?

thank you

You Want to Thank Jack

If my blog has done a great help to you and you want to thank me. Don’t hesitate to share me some insider tips, photos and useful information about your rail travel, which I may use to update onto my blog to help more others.

Why It Is Free

It is just my passion and interest. I blog just because I want to be one of the best China travel travel experts, just like Mark Smith, a reputed rail travel expert of the world who runs, one of the best train travel website in the world. I hope my ChinaTrain12306 to develop into a reliable resource for those travelling by train in China.

I only make a small income via the affiliate links on this blog, which funds me to maintain this blog.