This is not just a pretty chassis, I’ll have you know. These new high-speed trains, which clock at 302 mph at top speed, are the new $34-billion Beijing to Shanghai link which has just opened- and a year ahead of schedule at that ! Apparently, they still haven’t beat the TGV (France) best world record at 357.2 miles per hour but this particular species of bullet-train travel was built to shorten an 818 mile trek in just under five hours instead of ten hours under ordinary travel speeds. The fares vary from $80 to $165, probably depending on what class you are seated in and the intention of a premium class where people could actually sleep or at least lounge in a completely horizontal position was not installed so the higher fare is irrelevant to actual comfort class. You won’t have time to get comfortable. I guess that’s the whole idea. Now we just have to figure out why we’d want to travel from Beijing to Shanghai.
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