China Opens World's Longest High-Speed Rail Line

The trains travel between Beijing and Guangzhou over a distance of 1,428 miles at speeds up to 186 MPH. The total travel time is about 8 hours, down from more than 20 hours before. In comparison, the distance compares to the track between New York and Key West. Amtrak covers a shorter distance between New York and Miami in about 30 hours.

China's high-speed rail system covers 5,809 miles of tracks today. The construction of the network has come at a high cost. China apparently has assumed debt of nearly $640 billion to create the network, which employed about 100,000 workers per line during the construction.

China plans additional lines which will include four East-West connections as well as four North-East connections by 2020.

 

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  • Anonymous
    8 Hours on a train over a distance of 1,428 seems very competitive compared to traveling on a plane with the security hassle.
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  • ikyung
    "China apparently has assumed debt of nearly $640 billion to create the network"

    China : Okay, let's just push the debt to America. Huehue.
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  • Anonymous
    But can it run Crysis?
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  • ikyung
    "China apparently has assumed debt of nearly $640 billion to create the network"

    China : Okay, let's just push the debt to America. Huehue.
    13
  • Anonymous
    8 Hours on a train over a distance of 1,428 seems very competitive compared to traveling on a plane with the security hassle.
    14