Have you ever traveled on China''s high-speed railway? What impression has China''s high-speed train made on you?
I was in China a couple of months back. We landed in Beijing, spent a few days and needed to get to Shanghai. We had 2 choices, get a domestic flight or get the train. Considering that the plane was more expensive, took the same time to travel and the fact that it needed more effort to travel (i.e security checks, luggage checking and what not) we decided to take the train.
Needless to say I was very impressed with the entire railroad system. For me it was almost like the ideal Airport experience. Convenient, Clean, On time with half the hassle. The only downside was that it is not yet easy to use for non Chinese speaking people like us. However the staff and people were very friendly and were always eager to help.
Francois Ouellette, Professor at Chengdu University (2018-present)
I recently took the fast train from Chengdu to Guilin. It takes about 6 1/2 hours, for 1200 km, so about 200 km/hour on average (there are many stations along the way). It’s not the fastest of the fast trains. But very comfortable, and most of all, much more convenient than the plane. The train left at about 6:40am, and we were there by 1:00pm. But: you can arrive at the station 15 minutes early and it’s OK, as opposed to the plane where you should be there at least one hour in advance. The train station is more central and easy to get to. You don’t have to: wait to check in, wait for security, wait for boarding, wait on the tarmac… There is security when entering the station, but there’s hardly any lineup. In the train: comfortable seats, plenty of leg room, large windows so you can admire the view. Very smooth ride. Overall, it was just a pleasant, relaxing morning. About 40% cheaper than the plane. There’s just no contest.
我最近坐了从成都到桂林的快车，大约花费了6个半小时，总路程1200公里，平均大约200公里/小时(沿途有很多车站)。这不是最快的火车。但是非常舒适，最重要的是，比飞机方便多了。火车大约在早上6:40出发，我们在下午一点就到达了目的地。但是: 你可以提前15分钟到达车站，这是可以的，而不是像坐飞机那样至少提前一个小时到达。火车站在市中心，很容易到达。你不需要:等着检票，等着安检，等着登机，等着停机坪……进站时有安检，但几乎没有排队。在火车上: 舒适的座位，充足的腿部空间，大窗户，让你可以欣赏风景。非常平稳。总的来说，这只是一个愉快、放松的早晨。大约比飞机便宜40%，还不用抢票。
Have you ever traveled on China"'s high-speed railway? What impression has China''s high-speed train made on you?
We recently took the high speed maglev from Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) to Longyang Road Station in Shanghai where we hailed a cab for the remainder of our trip to our hotel.
The ride took about 7 minutes, and the train reached about about 270 MPH (about 430 KMPH) the ride is very smooth almost like sitting at a desk except for a mild bump when the compression wave from the train and the compression wave from the train going in the other direction pass. The trains pass so quickly that it’s very difficult to see the oncoming train on the other track.
The train costs about $7.00 for a one way ticket. The coach seats are very comfortable.
The maglev is a pretty impressive train. It was originally built as a test for the expansion of China’s high speed train system. See; Shanghai maglev train - Wikipedia
The regular metro takes about an hour and costs about $1.00.