High-Speed Train (From Beijing South to Shanghai Hongqiao station)


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High Speed Train
High speed trains, which are also called bullet, fast, or CRH trains, are identified as G, D and C trains in China.

Painted in white or grey with a ‘bullet’ locomotive, they can be easily recognized. Their top speed is 186 mph (300 km/h), which is planned to increase to 217 mph (350 km/h) in the near future.

Currently, there are about 2,000 pairs of high speed trains running daily to/from almost every large city and most tourism destinations, along the high speed rail with a length of over 12,500 mi (20,000 km).

“High speed rail travel" has been called the most revolutionary means of transport of the late 20th century and early 21st century. Today, China’s high-speed railway or CRH, is the best example of such “revolutionary means of transport". In fact, CRH only began to develop in early 2004, when China issued its "Mid and Long-term Railway Network Plan", the first such development in China’s history. It was in little more than six years that China’s railway realized its leap-forward, which made it possible for China to head into "an era of high-speed railway".

On September 28, 2010, for instance, China's homemade “Harmony - CRH380A”, a new generation of experimental high-speed train, realized the high speed of 416.6 km an hour along the track from Shanghai to Hangzhou. This is the world's highest speed in the history of railway. China’s high speed railway is now at the forefront of the world's high-speed railway, and has become a model of "China Speed" and "Made in China". According to China’s railway network development plan, by 2020, China’s total mileage of railway will have almost doubled, exceeding 120 thousand kilometers, of which high-speed railway will account for over 16 thousand km. By then, a grid network of China railway with four horizontal and four vertical tracks will be formed, including the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail line, and the Beijing-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed rail line. At that time, the travel time from Beijing to Shanghai will be shortened from 10 hours to less than 4 hours. The travel time from Beijing to Guangzhou will drop from 22 hours to only 6 and a half hours. From Beijing to Kunming, the travel time will also be changed from the current fastest travel time of 38 hours into no more than 8 hours. Even from the Beijing to the distant city of Urumqi, the travel time will also be reduced from 40 hours to just 11 hours. (http://english.cri.cn/7106/2012/12/26/167s740360.htm)

High Speed Railway Operation Map (Last Update: September, 2016)

Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway: 1,318Km length, approx. 5 hours, crossing heart of the historical, industrial, economic and revolutionary China.



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