Randomness (r_ness) wrote,

Beijing–Tianjin Intercity Rail 京津城际铁路

On August 1st, in time for the Olympics, China put their first conventional high-speed rail line into service*. It is the fastest conventional train service in the world, with a top speed of 350 km/h (over 215 mph). Beijing (the capital) and Tianjin (the third largest city) are 120 km apart (just under 75 miles).

The trains run at ten minute intervals (as of September 14th, when they added ten pairs of trains to the service) between 6:30AM and 10PM, and cost 69 yuan (about ten dollars) one-way in first class. The new service has cut travel time from 70 minutes to 30.

Wikipedia article

Photos of train and brand new saucer-shaped Beijing South Station in the CNReviews blog posts Part 1 and Part 2.

I very much want to ride this.

*There's already a 431 km/h (268 mph) maglev connecting Shanghai Pudong Airport with a somewhat inconvenient outlying station on the Shanghai Metro. Of course, I want to ride that, too.
Tags: travel
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