December 11, 2009

The world’s fastest express train made its debut in China on Wednesday. It runs at a speed of over 380 kilometers per hour. China now also boasts the world’s longest express railway which runs for 1,000 kilometers.

With an investment of more than 110 billion yuan ($16.1 billion), the expressway stretches between Wuhan and Guangzhou crossing three central and southern Chinese provinces. It can complete the 1,000 kilometer trip in three hours.

And an advanced brake system also ensures safety. It can also automatically receive notice of signal failures within a range of 32-kilometers. It is also the first self-developed long express railway in China.

China is to start a rail revolution in the next three years, the Chinese government will invest 300 billion U.S. dollars heavily in large-scale construction of high-speed rail network, to plan new built 20,000 km, including 13,000 km of track is designed to speed up to 350 kilometers of high-speed rail. For a population of 1.3 billion is a big country, high-speed railway is being make in this country become smaller and smaller.

中国正在掀起一场铁路革命,未来3年内中国政府将投资3000亿美元巨资大规模修建高速铁路网,在计划新修建的20000公里铁路中包括13000公里设计时速高达350公里的高速铁路。对于一个拥有13亿人口的大国来说,高速铁路正在让这个国家变得越来越小。

运行在京津城际高速铁路线上的列车

未来几年内中国将修建连接武汉和广州的高速铁路,这个纵跨半个中国的高速铁路使原来10个小时的旅程缩短到不足3个小时。而目前正在修建的京沪高铁则将会把原来10-20个小时的旅程缩短至不到4个小时。几乎贯穿中国全境的北京到广州高速铁路则将把原来24个小时的旅程缩短至8个小时。