Daily Archives: October 22, 2010

John Gapper

I spent a comfortable hour and a quarter today on the high-speed bullet train from Nanjing to Shanghai – a symbol of China’s technological progress and the extreme lengths to which it has gone to acquire western technology.

The journey on the service that opened this summer was fast, smooth and relaxing – starting from Nanjing’s newly upgraded station and ending on time in Shanghai. Although the trains did not quite have the same polish as the TGV service in France, the ambience was otherwise  similar.

China is building one of the biggest high speed rail networks in the world, having started with the Beijing-Tianjin line, built in co-operation with Siemens of Germany in time for the 2008 Olympics. Read more