OK so from the old to the new. Here are the spectacular Chinese high speed trains
These trains have achieved speeds of 480 Km’s per hour in testing and are now running on the new tracks between the two most important cities in China, Beijing and Shanghai. They were initially going to be run at speeds of 350 Km’s per hour, but this has been reduced to 300 Km’s and hour for safety reasons.
The distance between the two cities is around 1300 Km’s and this will be achieved in 4 hours 48 minutes. The cost of the trip depends on which class you take, but comes in at a basic 410 RMB, around 40 GBP
This mode of transport ha really put the pressure on the domestic airlines as it is faster and cheaper, so the price war rages on.
I hope to try this high speed train journey at some point so I will let you know how it goes.