The last time I travelled the 1,200+ kilometre distance between Shanghai & Beijing, China, was back in 2004 & I did so by the fastest possible train connection available at the time – a 15-hour overnight sleeper train. Now one can make the trip in 5 hours 30 minutes thanks to the new high-speed line linking the 2 cities. At €70 for a one-way trip it’s far from cheap, but topping out at over 300 km/h, the new jewel of the Chinese railway provides a first-hand example of the newer & improving China wrapped in a nice, smooth experience (the slower, cheaper overnight trains are still running by the way).

Nine minutes to departure of the high-speed G12 train from Shanghai to Beijing. Hongqiao train station, Shanghai, China. October 23rd 2012.

Nine minutes to departure of the high-speed G12 train in Shanghai’s shiny new, cavernous (it’s wayyyyy too big) Hongqiao Train Station. Shanghai, China. October 23rd 2012.

305km/h on the high-speed G12 train from Shanghai to Beijing, China. October 23rd 2012.

305 km/h on the high-speed G12 train en route from Shanghai to Beijing, China. October 23rd 2012

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