The Hard seat (Chinese: 硬座; pinyin: yìng zuò) or Semi-cushioned seat,[1] abbreviated YZ, is the cheapest class of seating in China Railway.[2][3] It is available on non-high-speed trains.[3]

Normal Hard seat coach
Hard seat coach of train T27

Hard seat derives its name from the hard, wooden seats in the Mao era on regular passenger trains. Modern "hard seats", however, are upholstered. There are several different tickets and ticket prices that can be obtained.

Each carriage provides the most basic services common to all Chinese trains, namely toilets, wash basins and a boiling water dispenser.[3] This demonstrates the importance of the ticket prices and the ability for them to change over time

Compared to soft seat, hard seat carriages have more seats per row (2+3 vs. 2+2) and are usually more crowded, and people without seats may stand in hard seat carriages.[3]

CoachesEdit

The coaches current in use include:

PriceEdit

As of 2006, the following ticket price used in most regular lines, but some special lines have different prices.

Distance (km) 普通硬座
Regular
新型空调硬座
New type air-conditioned
普快
(pǔ kuài, lit. Normal fast)
快速
(kuài sù, lit. Fast)
普快
(pǔ kuài, lit. Normal fast)
快速
(kuài sù, lit. Fast)
1–20 2.50 3.50 7.00 9.00
21–30 3.50 4.50 8.00 10.00
31–40 3.50 4.50 8.00 10.00
41–50 4.50 5.50 10.00 12.00
51–60 4.50 5.50 10.00 12.00
61–70 5.50 7.00 11.00 13.00
71–80 5.50 7.00 11.00 13.00
81–90 7.00 8.00 13.00 15.00
91–100 8.00 9.00 14.00 16.00
101–110 8.00 9.00 15.00 17.00
111–120 9.00 10.00 17.00 19.00
121–130 10.00 11.00 18.00 20.00
131–140 11.00 13.00 19.00 22.00
141–150 12.00 14.00 21.00 24.00
151–160 12.00 14.00 21.00 24.00
161–170 13.00 15.00 22.00 25.00
171–180 14.00 16.00 26.00 29.00
181–190 14.00 16.00 26.00 29.00
191–200 15.00 17.00 27.00 30.00
201–220 17.00 19.00 30.00 33.00
(incomplete)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "全球连线 | 中老铁路老挝段要增开列车啦!".
  2. ^ "Classes on China's Trains". cnvol.com. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d "Hard Seats & Soft Seats". TravelChinaGuide.com. Retrieved 28 January 2014.