Friday 24 June 2011

High Speed Train Beijing Shanghai

The Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway is complete with its new 200mph high-speed rail line that links two of Chinas most important cities, Beijing and Shanghai. The first passenger train will run from the 1st Jul 2011.

The high speed train, also known as the Jinghu High-Speed Railway, began on April 18, 2008 and the final laying of the track was on November 15, 2010. This rail line is the world’s longest high-speed line ever constructed in a single phase. Racing along at over 200 miles per hour this service, making one stop in Nanjing South, takes just under 5 hours to make a full trip. This has taken a whopping 7 hours off the original train journey of 819 miles.

There are two type of high speed train: the 300km/hr train will take 4hrs 48 mins from Beijing to Shanghai  and the 250km/hr train takes 7hrs 56 mins from Beijing to Shanghai.

This service will mean that travellers are able to have a competitive alternative to flying – which takes 2 hours and 10 minutes, but when you including check-in and the all too often flight delays this can take up to 4 hours. 

This service is estimated to be used by 220,000 passengers each day – double the current capacity. They hope to achieve this by running trains almost every 5 minutes during peak times. The line is crosses 244 bridges, including the longest and second longest bridges in the world - the 102 mile long Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge and the Viaduct Bridge between Langfang and Qingxian at 71 miles respectively. It also passes through 22 tunnels totaling 10 miles.

For booking a high speed train between Beijing and Shanghai please call Julia on 020 7487299 or email

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