The high -speed rail (HSR) network in China is operated by the national
China Railway Corporation. The network consists of all commercial train
have an average speed of 200 km/h or higher. China has the world's longest
with about 9,300 km of routes in service as of 2012. It runs 2,298 kilometer
China's initial high-speed trains were imported or built under technology
with foreign train makers, including Siemens, Bombardier and Kawasaki Heavy
Chinese engineers then re-designed internal train components and built
that can reach operational speeds of up to 380 km/h.
Shanghai Railway Station
Shanghai Railway Station Automatic ticket plaza for Chinese-residents and
an escalator to go up to the waiting rooms
Before enter the Shanghai station, all passengers have to have a security
(L) A nursing room is set in a VIP waiting room. (R) A platform of the
Shanghai Railway Station
(L) This station display shows the time when the ticket gate opens and
closed for each train.
(R) A platform of the Shanghai Railway Station
Smoking is prohibited inside of high-speed trains. Incidentally, the writer
observed a passenger was smoking
in the deck (corridor) of a long-distance sleeper train heading to Shanghai
from a G train from Sozhou runs
in parallel to that train. In China, smoking is allowed in all trains except
D and G trains.
Dining cars are clearly marked as no-smoking. However, it is reported
that police officers and railroad staff sitting
under these signs and smoking heavily.
A new railway safety regulation stipulates that anyone to smoke a cigarette
on a bullet train will be fined up
to 2,000 yuan ($327). This law will start from January 1, 2014.
Source: Global Times, October 8, 2013
(L ) Inferior of China's HSR train: A first-class seat (M) Inferior of
China's HSR train: an economy-class seat
(R) Sozhou railway station
A woman car attendant always locks the door, between the first and economy
vehicles, at each time
she passes through. This might be to prevent a passenger from the economy
vehicle get into
the first-class seat. However, this would be very dangerous action. How
a train passenger escapes
at the time of fire or other serious emergency accidents happen!
(L) A first-class ticket from Sahnghai to Sozhou G-train (R) A high-speed
railway train in China, HSR at Shanghai station
This shows the direct passage to the Metro-Line from the Shanghai station
of a high-speed railway.
This is a one-way traffic. Nobody can return to the direction of ground-level
Shanghai Railway Metro Station
Metro station, People's Square
(L) Three-day Travel Pass (M) One-day Travel Pass
(R) The sign-plate on the platform guard shows that the priority should
be given to passengers to get off, not to passengers
to get into a train.
The Shanghai Metro is the rapid transit system, serving the city of Shanghai,
municipality in the People's Republic of China. The first line opened in
1995, making Shanghai
the third city in Mainland China to have a city transit system. Since then,
the Shanghai Metro
has become one of the fastest-growing rapid transit systems around the
world, with several lines still
under construction. The Shanghai Metro delivered 2.276 billion rides in
It is said that there is One-day Travel Pass, which is sold at price of
18 Chinese Yuan. With
this pass card, passenger could take all the city's subway lines without
limit in 24 hours after
the first use. Three-day Travel Pass costs 45 Yuan. A passenger could take
all the Shanghai
subway lines without limit in 72 hours after the first use. However, Three-day
that the writer bought, expired four hours before the term of validity.
This is truly the country
It is the world-wide rule that after the railway passengers get off train,
people who want to
ride that train enter. However, in Shanghai, the order is reversed. When
the train arrived in
the intended station, you have to try not to push back into the train;
otherwise, you have
to ride a train until the next station. For the aged with a weak muscle,
this is not a good
country to live.
Shanghai Maglev Train
(L) No-smoking sign plate at the platform of Shanghai Maglev Train.
(R) A ticket gate and the exterior of the Longyang Road Maglev Train station
The Shanghai Maglev Train, a turnkey Transrapid Maglev project, imported
from Germany, is
capable of an operational speed of 430 kms/h. It has connected the district
of an outskirt of
central Pudond and the terminal of Pu Dong International Airport, Shanghai.
It has been operated
since March 2004. The train does not always run at a high speed in the
certain time zone. We
carefully selected the time in which a train runs at a high speed; however,
it did not. In China,
it does not go well as the fact posted.
The passengers use Maglev train are markedly decreased because of start
the metro railway Line 2 to the Pu Dong International Airport, since 2010.
If Meglev does
not run in a high speed, the downward trend in the number of air travelers
will be accelerated.
Meglev Airport Station
(L) Shanghai Maglev Train, VIP class ticket
(R) Train leaving Shanghai International Airport.
A driver's seat and driver during a high-speed operation
Shanghai Maglev Train, (L) VIP class and (R) economy class seats
Shanghai Maglev Train: The speed: 0 $B"*(B 361 kms/h in 3 minutes. $B"*(B 430 kms/h
in 5 minutes.
This was photographed in December, 2008.
Shanghai Maglev Train at Pu Dong International Airport station
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The article was written and photograph was taken in May 2013, by Junhaku
Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.
The current information was added in October, 2013.