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China at the Crossroads of Renewal and Breakdown

In nearly 9,000 words at The Globe and Mail, Mark MacKinnon recounts his recent 22-day train journey around China, loosely following the course of Mao’s Long March. He met officials and protesters, nailhouse residents and...

China Metro Train Derails in Test Run

As China continues to work on its high-speed railways amid concerns over corruption, a subway train derailed during a test run in Kunming leaving a driver dead and injuring another, from AFP: The first carriage of the train ran...

China Braces for New Year Travel Rush

The Chinese New Year sees hundreds of millions return to their hometowns, placing an enormous strain on transport networks that are frequently already stretched. Many will take home partners to meet the parents, but the...

China’s Other Billion: A Train Ride Across Henan

Following is the latest installment in a series of posts by journalist Rachel Beitarie*, who will be sharing with us dispatches from her journey across rural China. In this post, Rachel describes her train journey across Henan,...

China Unveils ‘World’s Fastest Train Link’

From AFP: China on Saturday unveiled what it billed as the fastest rail link in the world — a train connecting the modern cities of Guangzhou and Wuhan at an average speed of 350 kilometres (217 miles) an hour. The...

The Shrinking of China

Duncan Hewitt of Newsweek writes on how an expanding rail system is having an impact on China: For decades, rail travel in China meant an arduous overnighter in a crowded East German–designed train, riding along a rickety old...

The Japanese Train Controversy

Cam MacMurchy of the Zhongnanhai blog reports on the online furor caused by a train conductor’s decision to make a special, unscheduled stop by the Dalian airport for his Japanese passengers. On August 22nd a train in the...

Traveling in China? Have A Plan B

From the Los Angeles Times: We arrived at the north train station in Chongqing, this central Chinese city at 12:25 p.m. on a Thursday, five minutes before our scheduled departure. The ticket lines were so long they spilled out...

Chinese Line Up To Buy Train Ticket for Spring Festival Travel – Xinhua

From Xinhua via People.com.cn: Jan. 13 was the first day China’s passengers were able to buy train tickets for the Spring Festival, the nation’s most important traditional holiday. By the time tickets began selling at 7 p.m. on Sunday, many people had already lined up before the ticket windows. Metropolis like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and […]

China’s Travel Hell Weeks – John M. Glionna

From Los Angeles Times: Jiang Xingjun hates holidays here. Rather than providing respite or relaxation, China’s three national vacation weeks — one observed in winter, one in spring and one in fall — are often more like hell on wheels, with jam-packed planes, trains and automobiles gone berserk, he says. On cue, hundreds of millions […]

Firms Ride High on China’s Huge Rail Upgrade – Bruce Stanley

Some sexy numbers for major railway-sector multinationals: China will add 10,540 miles of new track and decicate 4,340 of those solely to high-speed passenger trains, and by 2020 the country will have a track network of 62,000 miles. Via the Wall Street Journal (photo via Chinesenews.net): For General Electric Co., Siemens AG and other makers […]

China to Spend Big on Science, Tech Programs – AP

From AP, via China Post: China plans to spend 30 billion yuan (US$3.85 billion; euro2.96 billion) over the next five years on developments including high-speed trains, wind power stations and sea water desalination technology. About 7.35 billion yuan (US$942 million; euro724 million) has already been allocated from the central budget, with the remaining money coming […]

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