I'm leaving this weekend from Shanghai South Station to Kunming on the K79 train with a bicycle--a Bike Friday folding bike. From what I've read, bicycles are no longer permitted on trains as carry-on luggage since this year.
When I asked the travel agency that I booked my tickets with, they suggested that I ship the bike 2-3 days in advance, and that it would be necessary to pack it, and that there were no checked luggage counters at Shanghai South, as far as they could tell. They suggested taking the bicycle to the main Shanghai Station and/or sending it via Express Service.
I just wanted to see if anyone here had any recent experience traveling with a bicycle on a similar train, and also if you can check the bicycle in at Shanghai South? Don't mind boxing the bicycle and checking it in a day or two earlier, but would like to know if it was possible to just bring the bicycle with me on the day of travel and check it on to the same train that I was traveling on? I appreciate any advice that you can spare, and thank you in advance!