Chinese Train Hits 300 MPH, Proves It’s Not About The Journey

Beijing, China, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Travel News — By John Curran on December 28, 2010 at 4:09 pm

The view on travel is that sometimes it’s about the journey, and sometimes it’s about the destination. In China, transportation officials are pushing the latter, with a new train that can hit more than 300 MPH without breaking a sweat.

According to the Daily Telegraph, that’s the fastest sustained speed for a maglev (magnetic levitation) train that hasn’t been modified; one of the TGV lines in France hosted a modified package that ran about 350 miles per hour.

As China works to improve its infrastructure, it’s interesting to note that compared to similarly expansive countries like Russia, India and even Canada or the United States, the quasi-Communist country leads the way. The 300-miles-per-hour train will run on a line from Beijing to Shanghai and cut the trip from 10 hours to five hours.

If you’re looking to feel what it’s like to go as fast as possible in mass transit, book a flight. It also makes visiting the far flung tourist spots that much easier. Consider that in a little more than a year, there will be more than 8,000 miles of Acela-spanking high speed rail in China, and four thousand more miles of high speed track by 2020.

[Image: Yosemite via Wikimedia]

Tags: Acela is not high-speed rail, China, land speed record

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  • bigD says:

    it doesn’t say maglev anywhere in the daily telegraph article


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