Well, it was bound to happen – something needed to be done while the government figures out the aftermath of the Wenzhou crash, and firing officials, stopping production and suspending approval of future rail lines probably wouldn’t be enough. Now there’s been a speed decrease says China Daily: “According to the Ministry of Railways, during the initial stages, trains with a top design speed of 350 kilometers per hour will be lowered to 300 km/h, and the trains designed to run up to 250 km/h will operate at 200 km/h. The rails whose speed was previously raised to 200 km/h will be scaled down to 160 km/h. Ticket prices will also be reduced.” Is the daredevil in you sad that you won’t get to take that five-hour trip to Beijing? Don’t be – Shanghai’s keeping its speediness: The Beijing-Shanghai line and the Shanghai-Hangzhou line (as well as Beijing-Tianjing) won’t be affected.