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Mon 07 Jul 2008

China Rail - The Importance of Being Punctual

Category : Commentary/CRH.txt

Okay, last post about China, in case anybody is interested in making a similar trip. We travelled between Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing and Hangzhou via China Railway High-Speed (CRH)'s bullet train.

This is the relatve location of the four cities :

China Railway's bullet train system is very impressive. It's always on time and it makes travelling very easy from Shanghai to beyond (just 30 minutes between Shanghai and Suzhou, in the time I take to get from Woodlands in the north of Singapore to the Central Business District in the south via our own Mass Rapid Transit system and we all know how small Singapore is).

There's a bullet train between Shanghai and Beijing that I'd like to try out when I next get the chance. And I think it's possible to get from Shanghai to places like Xian and Chengdu via the same system.

This is a link to a China Rail map.

And in each of these cities that I've mentioned, there's a Ming Town Youth Hostel - which we stayed in and which I highly recommend if you don't mind roughing out (once I saw this, below, in Shanghai, everything else seemed such a bore) :

Another jibe at our MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) system. In the last four years, while we've been building our Circle Line and which we'll still be building next year or two, Shanghai had completed 4 (four !) new lines, making eight in all, including their own circle line, and much of these tunnelled under very dense built-up areas. Have we lost our spark, O people of Singapore? How can we compete? It's frightening, isn't it?

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