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High-speed Rail Now Connects Two of China’s Biggest Commercial Centers

Posted: 12/9/2014 4:52 pm

high speed rail trainNew railway lines opening tomorrow will provide shorter travel times between Shanghai, Guangzhou, and other major Chinese cities. The Shanghai railway authority announced it will provide high-speed rail service to 32 cities in Guangdong, Guangxi, Hunan and Jiangxi.

As well, direct service will be provided to fast trains going to Harbin, Shenzhen and Lhasa.

Starting December 10, it will only take six hours and 50 minutes to travel between Shanghai and Guangzhou. It takes 16 hours to use the old fashioned trains.

Online ticket sellers list business class tickets for the tomorrow’s Shanghai-Guangzhou high-speed train priced at around RMB 2,500. First-class and second class tickets are priced at RMB 1,300 and RMB 800.

[h/t Shanghaiist]

Photo: news.China


India Rumoured to Be Developing High-Speed Rail System with China

Posted: 11/26/2014 10:30 am

high speed train oncomingWhile no formal announcements have been made, India and China are rumoured to be building an Indian high-speed rail system, anticipated to be the second-longest in the world.

The Hindustan Times reported that officials from the High Speed Rail Corp and the Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd will visit Beijing on Monday, in order to sign an agreement worth approximately RMB 200 billion (US $32.6 billion).

Although the reports could not be verified by China Daily, the stock values of the railway companies rumoured to be involved rose sharply, over 9 percent, on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

High-speed rail travel is a key part in Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s proposed “diamond quadrilateral” plan to establish high-speed rail connections between India’s major cities.

While some critics believe the deal would allow China to narrow its trade deficit with India, others are touting the benefits of cooperating with a Chinese-backed deal.

Diao Chunhe, President of the China International Contractors Association, points out that Chinese rail construction companies come equipped with their own funding model. ”They are capable of coordinating finances for projects through Chinese institutions, such as the Export-Import Bank of China or China Development Bank,” said Diao.



Beijing-Guangdong Train Derailed by Landslide

Posted: 06/19/2014 1:20 pm

guangdong train landslide derailA landslide has derailed a train on the Guangzhou-Beijing railway, causing slight injuries to five people, reports Guangzhou Daily.

The landslide was caused by heavy rain. It hit train T171 at around 5am on Thursday near Shakou, in Foshan, about 20km north of the City of Qingyuan in Guangdong.

The train had just left the station at Nanchang and was headed towards Guangzhou. Pictures taken at the scene show dirt coming in through the train windows, covering the train walls.

The passengers are reported to have been evacuated. Emergency response teams have been sent out.

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Photos: Foshan Daily, Guangzhou Daily


Another key PRD rail route opens: Macau-Zhuhai to Guangzhou launched, tickets pricey

Posted: 01/7/2013 10:00 am

There has been a lot of domestic and international coverage of the new Guangzhou-Beijing high-speed rail in recent days, with much of the coverage noting it’s the longest high-speed rail line in the world.  While it’s a boon to those in Guangzhou who want to get to the capital or points in-between without fighting crowds at Baiyun Airport and sliding into cramped airplane seats, the Guangzhou-Beijing line isn’t the only notable rail link to have opened over the Christmas holidays.

Indeed, Gongbei Station at on the Zhuhai-Macau border opened on December 31, creating easy rail access from nearly all points in the PRD to Zhuhai and Macau.  The line, which isn’t exactly a traditional high-speed rail line, starts at Guangzhou South Station and extends down the west side of the PRD.  Up until the end of 2012, its last station was Zhuhai North, which many will tell you isn’t all that close to Zhuhai.  From there, people had to take an hour long taxi ride to get to the border, sometimes at considerable cost.

The new station opening means the train will extend south from Zhuhai North down to Gongbei, which is the name of the border crossing with Macau.  The journey takes 80 minutes in total, as the line stops multiple times in towns and villages along the route.

So how much does it cost for a ticket? RMB 70 for a regular ticket, or RMB 90 if you want to travel in style, in first class. And that is a problem for many who live along the line, according to the Macau Daily Times:

But according to local media reports, many city residents complained that the tickets are set at unreasonably high prices, which are over 50 percent higher than the prices before the Intercity was extended to the current stop at Gongbei. It was pointed out that at an average of RMB0.598 per kilometer, tickets of Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity Railway is even dearer than that of Guangzhou-Shenzhen Intercity Railway (RMB0.58/ km), and is the “most expensive Intercity Railway in the whole country”.

Coaches between Guangzhou and Zhuhai are operating at around RMB60-80 for a one-way ticket and some of the companies are cutting passenger fares to compete with the new Intercity link.

Despite the pricey tickets, the line will be a boon for Zhuhai, which should see many more weekend vacationers pop down from Guangzhou.

If you’re interested in high-speed rail in the PRD, don’t forget to check out our full review of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen section.

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