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On scales large and small, Chinese high-speed trains change landscape of travel

By Du Xiaofei (People's Daily Online)    17:14, June 20, 2017

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By the end of 2016, the mileage covered by Chinese high-speed train had exceeded 22,000 kilometers, more than the total of bullet trains run by all other countries in the world. The rapid expansion of this network has significantly shortened the travel time from China's west to its east.

A man surnamed Liu works in Jinan, capital city of Shandong province, and regularly has to travel between Jinan and his hometown of Yantai. He spent many years avoiding train travel because in his memory it often took ages. But since 2016, when the intra-city railway from Qingdao to Rongcheng began operation, Liu's travel time was cut in half.

“It is much faster than driving myself. And the ticket price is only half the cost of driving," Liu said. “Many of my friends have become firm supporters of high-speed trains. You can easily book a ticket with an app on your cell phone. There is no need to queue at the railway station overnight, even to get a ticket during Spring Festival.”

Liu is representative of many others who have benefited from the development of high-speed trains in China. The success of the network is also reflected in awe-inspiring figures: Last year, high-speed trains carried 1.4 billion passengers to their destinations, the migration scale of which is equivalent to moving the whole population of Africa and South America. 

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