Beijing to Shanghai by train in 2.5 - 3 hours soon a reality ?
Beijing to Shanghai by train in 2,5-3 hours soon a reality ? The track is about 1,300-1,400 km, comparable to the stretch from Amsterdam to Barcelona in Europe. The Ministry of Transport in China has approved further tests on the Maglev prototype this week which was first presented by CRRC Qingdao Sifang in Qingdao last May with the ultimate objective to start commercial production in 2021. The CRRC Maglev train has a top speed of 600km/h. The government also announced in July the start for building maglev railway tracks across the country.
Besides the track between Beijing and Shanghai, other areas expected to be Maglev-equipped in years to come are the Greater Bay area (or Pearl River Delta), a mega economic and technology hub linking 9 cities in Guangdong province (a.o. Shenzen) with Hongkong and Macao, the Yangtze River Delta (Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing) and Chengdu with Chongqing in the West of China.
Current high speed trains between Beijing and Shanghai (and other routes with total 36,000km high speed tracks in China) already run well over 300km/h making the smooth ride an enjoyable 4,5-5,5 hours depending on the no. of stops.
Sources : SCMP, Chinadaily