- Gordon Dumoulin
China high speed train 10yrs ; 29,000 km tracks connecting 25 provincial and SAR capitals
10 years high speed train in China. It seems like ages that high speed trains are riding in China but it has only been a little over 10 years since the first 120km stretch high speed train track went in operation for the 2008 Olympics between Beijing and Tianjin.
China has built a high speed train network of 29,000 km in in the past 10 years, twice the length of the rest of the world's high speed train tracks combined. The current network links 23 provincial capitals, Hong Kong and Macau. High speed trains have an average speed of 200km/h or above.
In 2018 alone, more than two billion trips were made on the high-speed railway, an annual increase of 16.8 percent. The trips comprised over 60 percent of the total on China's railway network. In 2019, another 3,200 kilometers of high speed train tracks are being completed and speeds are being increased on numerous tracks to 350km/h.