Fast Leap Forward
After introducing the high speed train on short distances around Shanghai, the Chinese are now developing it on the longer routes between big cities, and it’s due to be introduced on the Shanghai – Beijing line from the 1st July 2011.
The maximum speed on this route could be as fast as 380km/h but bizarrely, there are new regulations requiring all high speed trains to run no faster than 300km/h, so the Shanghai-Beijing train would run at between 250 and 300 km/h. There will two classes and restaurant on board, prices start from RMB510. The 300km/h train will take 4hrs and 48 min from Beijing to Shanghai while the 250km/h will take 7 hours and 56 min. Considering that flight between those two cities takes around two hours and usually is delayed the train journey of mere 5 hours is a very good deal.
I can’t wait to ride on the high speed train when I go back to China in November!