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China’s longest high-speed railway to open Dec. 26—report



BEIJING — The world’s longest high-speed rail route, running from the Chinese capital Beijing to Guangzhou in the south, will open for business on December 26, state media said Saturday.

Travelling at an average speed of 300 kilometers (186 miles) per hour, the line will slash journey times linking Beijing in the north with the country’s southern economic hub from 22 hours to eight hours, the China Daily newspaper said.

The December opening means the 2,298 kilometer route, with 35 stops including major cities Zhengzhou, Wuhan and Changsha, will be operational for China’s Lunar New Year holiday period, in which hundreds of millions of people travel across the country in the world’s largest annual migration.

The specific date was chosen to commemorate the birth of Chinese leader Mao Zedong, state media said.

China’s high-speed rail network is booming. Only established in 2007, it has quickly become the largest in the world, with 8,358 kilometers of track at the end of 2010 and expected to almost double to 16,000 kilometres by 2020.

The network, however, has been plagued by graft and safety scandals following its rapid expansion, with a deadly bullet train collision in July 2011 killing 40 people and sparking a public outcry.

The accident — China’s worst rail disaster since 2008 — triggered a flood of criticism of the government and accusations that the authorities had compromised safety in its rush to expand.


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  • Vertumnus

    Good luck to them!  They had so many accident with their high speed trains and I’m sure this one will have it too.  Chinese made products are not even close to the quality of Japanese or South Korean products.  I

    • $18209031

      Bakit  wala bang aksidente sa mga Metro Rail ng Metro Manila? Gawang Dutch or Netherlands yan, diba ?  Bakit wala bang aksidente sa Japan at America throughout history ? Selos ka lang kasi wala kayong ganitong bagong tren.  Mabuti sasakay ka lang sa carabao at kalesa para tutuong magsasaka ang kalagayan mo.

      • Vertumnus

        Sira ka pala! Have you read how many Chinese die every time they have structural failure on one of their rail tracks? Just Google it. Now Google the same about Japan’s and South Korean railway accidents. Find anything?
        For you information, I drive an Audi not a carabao.

      • $18209031

        Everyday there are accidents all over the world be it car , motorcycle and  what not.  NO one is immune . Even America’s highest tech the Space Shuttle did fail. So with the law of physics, If something can go wrong it will go wrong. The reason why nothing goes up and cannot go down. Failure is what engineers are trying to fight off.

        ANd what made you thnk Chinese rail is sub standard? Exaggerated ang mga conjectures mo just to say bad that bares made in China. I can see you are anti China so no matter what Chinese made is bad in your opinion.

        Kahit yang Audi mo kung may mechanical failure yan, sorry your azz ang labas . HIndi ka na ma recall pero inutil ang labas mo.

      • Vertumnus

        We are not talking about car, motorcycle and what not.
        We are talking about the safety and reliability of Chinese high speed trains. They have corrupt Chinese contractors using substandard materials, then you couple that with substandard engineering and your probability of getting killed on one of these trains goes up.

        As far as my Audi, I’m on my 4th one and I trust German engineering anytime.

      • $18209031

         Just like i said, anything can fail thats  why the engineers are designing them not to fail.  The law of physics are unforgiving.  Even the best of man’s ingenuity can fail and do fail. And they can be very disastrous.

        It is a fact the west are ahead in engineering innovations and safety . Chinese made may not be high standard but Im sure they have improved. Everyting is a learning process. The same with the west . it is not a sure shot.
        In projects like this im sure they are made to the stringent of standards.  If anything that is not maintained, it will go wrong. We ve seen that many times in the past in western countries. If an accident happens in China, then it is exaggerated.  The fact remains, it can happen anywhere.

        As to your Audi, it is just a car like any car. In fact they are a people’s type car below the quality of Mercedes and  BMW.   Like all things, you pay what you want .

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/AFMPJUN2MD252PZUKVRYCTCKB4 Tadyak

         Hoy Busangot! Umuwi ka na ng China ha, ano pa ba ginagawa mo dito sa pinas? Baka magkalat ka lang ditong hayup ka, dun ka sa amo mong mandarambong, Buset! 

      • Vertumnus

        You do know Volkswagen Group owns Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche and Ducati.

        Below quality of Mercedes and BMW. laughable at best, ridiculous to say the least!

      • Skye Po

        These rail accidents, they occur more in China over a shorter period of time. Now please give me a precise answer on why.

      • Skye Po

        Chinese media is state-controlled. Communists love to filter their news. Since it is possible that their news is not real, doubt is reasonable. I cannot trust Chinese media so easily since it’s not my relative or friend. Please give me proof to think otherwise. Take note that here we are talking about the reliability of information since you brought up the idea that information has been exaggerated. I challenge you to not label me as anti-Chinese while disproving my opinion.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/W76YPENWLH6HJ65K2BFB75T3PI Andrew Pc

        Try google 
        1). Tsurumi – 161 death
        2).Shigaraki – 42 death
        3).Amagasaki – 107 death

        and these are just the major accidents, not including the minor one.

        need more help ?

      • Vertumnus

        Did I mention safety and reliability of Chinese trains as it pertains to accidents related to substandard materials and bad engineering not accident caused by human error?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/W76YPENWLH6HJ65K2BFB75T3PI Andrew Pc

        LOL, now the Japanese work ethic became collateral damages in your zealotry to ridicule China.
        Anyway, it is good that you acknowledged the fact that accidents do happen anywhere, not just in China. Accidents do happen when new technology ( at least, new to the country concerned ) is tried out and pursued, this is one of the greatest human virtue, taking risk and making mistakes….just like the case of the more than 1,000 American pilots killed before the American fully master (or almost perfecting) the skills of landing fighter jets on aircraft carrier…and like you have suggested, do google.

      • Vertumnus

        I thought I was stating facts concerning track record of Chinese high speed train and subsequent infrastructure. I guess facts aren’t good enough this days and using excuses for a flawed system is the new norm.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/W76YPENWLH6HJ65K2BFB75T3PI Andrew Pc

        LOL, i thought you are the one throwing challenges for others to google whether one can find any train accident in Japan or South Korea, with the undertone of none could be found, and now turn around…very typical indeed.

      • Vertumnus

        What so typical? the fact the I was referring to accident caused by bad engineering or the fact that you guys lump all the accidents having nothing to do with substandard materials and bad engineering into one. Not all accidents are the same, lumping all into one category muddles the argument.
        Anyway, enough of this. I’m going to step out and get Chinese Food! I’m hungry!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/W76YPENWLH6HJ65K2BFB75T3PI Andrew Pc

        And a fire killed 192 in Daegu Subway, South Korea. But comparing South Korea with either Japan or China is irrelevant, South Korea’s railway is not even half of that of Japan’s and may even be shorter than that of a provincial district in China.

        Anyway, no point comparing 3 of them, because none of them can beat India, i mean in term of train accidents and casualty, of course.

        Any more ?

      • Vertumnus

        India’s railways are rolling death traps. Their lawmakers calls their railways as the worlds largest toilet.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

        And how many astronauts the Americans lost lives? What happened to a Japanese tunnel that is not even moving?

      • Vertumnus

        What that gotta do with safety and reliability of Chinese Trains?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

        American safety and reliability in space transport. Japanese safety and reliability in tunnel structures for land transport. Those are technology mishaps no different from train failures.

      • Skye Po

        Trains are different from spacecrafts and tunnels. Spacecraft is aeronautics and tunnels are structural engineering. These trains whose technology should be quite “advanced” are indeed questionable in performance and quality.

      • Skye Po

        The technology for trains is more common than technology for space travel. So train safety is much more achievable than space travel safety. Also, Japan’s recent tunnel accident was caused by neglect of maintenance, not neglect of quality control.

      • Skye Po

        Mas-maraming aksidente ang nagyari sa kanilang rail system sa loob ng ilang buwan kaysa sa U.S. American Rail accidents over spans of years are equivalent to Chinese rail accidents in over a few months. So technically, their rail system is accident prone.

  • mark_john21

    naku baka mahulog na naman yan! Attention all pinoys in China, huag kayong sasakay ng tren na yan  kung ayaw ninyong madedbol nang maaga!

  • $18209031

    Go China ! The best is yet to come. Selos lang ang mga iba dyan kasi hindi nila makagawa gaya ganito. Kurakot lang mga yan at mag inuman. ANg kagalingan lang mga yan  sa magmamaliit pero ang kanilang dumi ayaw ipalalabas.

    • Skye Po

      Hindi ito ang buong istorya ng “pag-aasenso” ng Tsina. Pati rin ang aking mga kaibigang Intsik ay hindi natutuwa sa gobyerno nila. Mas na-iintindihan ko ang opinyon nila dahil sila’y galing sa bansang pinag-uusapan natin.

  • i_am_filipino

    SINGAPORE has a lot of contractor from EU, UK USA and China to build their additional MRT, and guess what, ths accident that killed some workers was caused by chinese contractor for lacking or presumed FAKE SAFETY. FAKE SAFETY IS MADE IN CHINA!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

      The progress in China is real and it will help if we study and learn from that nation before we start fighting her.

      • Skye Po

        It is partially real, upon studying what China is currently achieving, majority of the progress is not real. Ghost cities are the result of a housing boom that shouldn’t exist. HDI in China is the last priority of the central government. As of now, it’s the economy they’re focusing on but not the welfare of their citizens. SUMMARY: The Chinese government is not focusing on real progress.

    • MD6888

      Singapore’s new law requires the presence of employer when a filipino maid is cleaning windows.
      How dangerous this law can be!
      She might grab you when she jumps.
      To be safe, don’t hire a filipino.

      • i_am_filipino

        if you are Chinese, she will grab you to death for maltreating her. Most western expats would hire filipina maids because they are not ugly like you.

  • Luthmar

    Galing talaga mangopya ng China.  Kopya ng Bullet train ng Japan at ng Train en Grande Vitesse (TGV) ng France.  Kaya lang ang quality talagang “made in China”.  Daming aksidente bago matapos.  And, let’s see how long it will take before a major, major accident will
    happen.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/W76YPENWLH6HJ65K2BFB75T3PI Andrew Pc

      Well, as usual you can always pray to your God for that, like the rest of your like-minded buddies, it is quite expected (from your kind) anyway, no big deal.

  • Skye Po

    These train rides are actually too expensive for a vast majority of the residents in most of where the train stations, which branch out from main business hubs, are. There have also been photo evidence of more than “a few” accidents which are undisclosed to the public. Most of the stations are inconveniently placed too far from their local towns that getting to the station to ride the train to avoid long travel time causes long travel time. Most of this information can be easily seen on the web through light research. SUMMARY: The project is grossly over-glorified.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/W76YPENWLH6HJ65K2BFB75T3PI Andrew Pc

      So, what actually are you driving at ?…you expect the train to stop at every single village or small town it passes by….let’s see, travelling at a speed of 300 km/h, which means 5 km/minute..with the density of China’s population… let’s say the distance between 2 adjacent small town is about 50 km, fair ?….so, the train have to stop every 10 minutes, if goes according to your “concern”, right ?…If, this the case, i think it is better for China to borrow the pedicabs experience from Philippines if she wishes to better serve her public according to your professional opinion, right ?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/STUNX2HEVC6X7UHBZ5AOM65Q2M Teven

    Lol ! bunch of sour grapes ! The only truely Pinoy made transport are Pedicabs .

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/74DX67S5U6H557SPUXS5XZ6QJI Alisto Juan

    That’s a country awash with cash and half a billions slave workers. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/74DX67S5U6H557SPUXS5XZ6QJI Alisto Juan

    Yan ang patutunguhan sa mga bansang walang labor union. 

  • anyms888

    The very reason why Filipinos can’t prosper, Crab Mentality. 



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