In about a month you will be able to travel from Shanghai to Beijing and back both super fast and in style! With speeds of over 200 kmph and up to 300kmph, the 1,318-kilometer-long journey between the two cities will be cut in half, from ten to five hours. Originally, the speed was planned to be as much as 350 kmph, but for safety and other reasons, the trains have been slowed down.
According to authorities, you don’t need to worry about the safety issues at all:
CRH380A series trains to be used on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail are under 0.13 derailment coefficient, far lower than the international standard of 0.8, the Chinese-language daily cited Liang Jianying, a designer for the trains, as saying.
The lower the derailment coefficient figure, the less chance the train has of derailment.
The $33 billion high-speed rail link between Beijing and Shanghai is part of Chinas plan to relieve the congestion of China’s existing rail system. This, China hopes, will help the lower-end capacity rail system to handle more freight and relieve stress on roads.
The exact ticket prices are still unknown, but Railway minister Sheng Guangzu (盛光祖) has promised that they would be cheaper than flights. We can imagine that Chinese airlines will not be too happy about this, as the route, connecting China’s capital with Shanghai, is one of the most lucrative for Chinese airlines. There will propably also be tickets with different prices depending on how fast you want to go, as trains will run at two speeds, 300 kmph and 250 kmph.Too bad the connection is not already open for a quick trip on the coming Dragon Boat Festival.
Photos by news.163.com
By Nele Diels