China has started rolling out new bullet trains across certain areas of the country, namely routes that are well trodden every year. The tickets are slightly more expensive to buy, but you’ll get there in half the time as the train travels at 200kph which is quite a bit faster than the previous generation of trains – those old things ran at a steady 60 to 120kph which isnt going anywhere fast. The latest generation of trains, named å’Œè°å· he xie hao (literally Harmony Trains) or CRH in English, are bullet like in appearence and have aeroplane like seating arrangements, China Car Times has always disliked Chinese trains (especially after spending several days on them at a time, we once did a week stint on trains) but the latest bullet trains are a pleasure, cutting journey times in half for only a slight increase in train fare. Perhaps the increase in train fare may be a bit too much for low income workers, so the old style trains are still in very much active use.
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The Beijing-Changchun D24 Model: