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Need to cross China quickly? There’s a train for that

Posted by Alan at 10:27 AM on December 27, 2012

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China loves its high-speed rail lines. Now the country is boasting that it is even faster and cheaper to go from one end to the other, with the “longest” high-speed rail line in the world — a staggering 2,298 kilometer stretch of metal that reaches from north to south across the nation.

The new trains move at 186 mph and run between  Beijing in the north and Guangzhou in the south. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the ride will still take eight hours, but that is much faster than the previous twenty that this journey used to entail.

Plus there is an added bonus — the $139 price tag for a ticket to go the distance is considerably cheaper than flying. although it does still take more time than traveling by air. Still, a slightly slower journey at a much-discounted price represents real competition. Now, if only services like this would come to the United States, where our infrastructure is in great need of a serious upgrade.

Image High Speed Train by BigStock

5 Comments

  1. From erictimmer at 1:44 pm on December 27, 2012

    FYI that’s a Japanese bullet train picture ;-)

  2. From Eric T. at 1:46 pm on December 27, 2012

    Japanese bullet train pix there ;-)

  3. From Alan Buckingham at 2:01 pm on December 27, 2012

    yes, it may well be, but I was only depicting a high speed train.

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  5. From Gary S at 6:51 am on December 30, 2012

    I’m a Japanese and I am somewhat offended by a Japanese high speed train picture being used for an article about China. Our trains are not the same as theirs. We also have the reputation for being safe for half a century. Did you just google to get the picture..?