A sprawling metro map of China’s high-speed railway recently emerged online, providing one of the clearest and most beautiful ways by which to visualise the rapidly growing network.
For those planning on travelling around China, the map makes it easy to tell where to hop on and off while you navigate the country by rail. Just don’t be fooled by the seemingly short distances between the stations, some are more than several hundred kilometres apart.
Looking at the map, it’s hard not to admire the progress China has made in constructing its high-speed rail network. Aside from a few lines upgraded from conventional speeds, most of what you see would not have existed just 10 years ago.
High-speed rail, defined as reaching speeds of 200 km/h (124 mph), as of the end of 2014 stretched for 16,000 kilometers (9,900 miles) across the country. That number will almost certainly have increased with the opening of new high-speed routes from Shanghai on Wednesday.
Click here for a full-resolution version of the map.
By Dominic Jackson