The world’s longest high-speed rail link, connecting Beijing and Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, became fully operational on Wednesday (26 Dec 2012).
With the opening of the Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed railroad, China now has a network of more than 9,300 kilometres of operating high-speed railways.
The new train covers Beijing with China’s most industrialised province Guangdong which houses top developed cities like Guangzhou close to Hong Kong and Maccau. The line is expected to be extended to Hong Kong by 2015.
Some Quick Fact of Beijing-Guangzhou HSR:-
Servicing distance of: 2,298 km
Travelling Speed: 300 – 350 km/h
Travel time: Around 8 hours (previously 22 hours)
Connecting how many cities: 28 cities, including 5 provincial capitals
Train’s internal temperature: 18 C
Ticket Price: From 865 – 2727 yuan (424 – 1339 MYR), based on the speed of the train and the seat class.
Not only that, China’s high-speed railway network will reach 50,000 km by 2020, with four north-south and four east-west main lines as the major routes.
Let’s have a look at some interesting videos I found on YouTube about this news:-
Photo Gallery:-Does this news matter to us as Malaysian?
Our government is now in the mid of studying the High-Speed Rail project to be implemented in Malaysia.
I got a newspaper cutting from The Star:-Some Quick Fact of Malaysia’s possible HSR:-
Servicing distance of: 300+ km
Possible to pass by these cities: Greater KL, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Batu Pahat, Muar, Iskandar Malaysia & Singapore
Travelling time: Around 90 – 120 minutes (depending on the travel speed and how many stops in between)
Have you ever thought about having breakfast/lunch with your business associates in Johor/Singapore and be back to your office 1 and half hour later at Kuala Lumpur to continue meeting with another client or to catch an evening concert – without taking a flight?
This can happen when we have our very own High-Speed Rail in the near future (5 – 7 years later?)
As a Malaysian, I really hope this project can be kick-start the soonest. Or at least hear some good news from the government in 2013!
Overall benefits of High-Speed Rail Systems:-
1) Reduce the travel time from city to city – encourage more people to do business across the region
2) Property prices will be escalated especially those cities with the interchange or stop point
3) Attract more FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) into the country
4) Better infrastructure and improve our global competitiveness
5) Create job opportunities nationwide building the new rail infrastructure
6) Offers a convenient, comfortable way to travel without hassles or delays
7) Safer than driving
If you have any experience taking HSR in any part of the world, please don’t forget to leave me a comment below to express your experience.
Do you feel good? Is it expensive? How’s their service and etc?!
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