China is working on trains that can go 600kph, trains that can travel through the Himalayas, trains that are straddling buses, but perhaps more exciting than all of that, China is introducing high-speed trains with fold-out beds and wifi!
The CRH5E was unveiled last week in Changchun, Jilin province. It’s touted as China’s first high-speed train that can run in the extreme cold (we’re talking -40℃) and in heavy winds — an important step in China’s master plan to cover the world in train tracks. Also, it’s nicknamed the “Panda,” because of the shared color scheme.
More importantly, the train compartments come equipped with multiple power sockets, USB ports and sweet, sweet wifi. To top it all off, there are beds you can fold out when traveling by night. Behold!
Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear as though the CRH5E will be coming through Shanghai. It’s planned to run from Harbin to Wuhan in central China and Shenzhen in the far south, traveling at at a brisk 250 km/hr. There’s no word on ticket prices yet.
Take a tour of the train below:
[Images via China News // Video via Xinhua]