Take that you headline-hogging speedy rail thing! After ticket prices were finally released for the Shanghai-Bejing high speed train, opening this Friday, it looks like multiple Chinese airlines have slashed fares in anticipation of the competition! The screen grab above is from a Ctrip search for one-way tickets from Shanghai to Beijing. All told, the total for the cheapest ticket comes out to 590RMB – a mere 35RMB more than the cheapest ticket for the five-hour train!
Even with the flights so cheap, one might be tempted to go the rail route for the sheer smooth convenience of it. No commute to the airport, no airport security, and way more space on board! On Monday of this week, the press were allowed to take a test run on the new trains. If you’d like to get a better idea of the experience, check out reviews from the Guardian, BBC, CNN, The Telegraph, and others.
Video from WSJ: