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China infrastructure 10 years ahead of the United States


High Speed Rail

It is the future of transportation. The discussion about the value, convenience, and financial responsibility are over. Globally almost every high speed rail project has been successful. Trains that can travel at 350 kilometers per hour (217 miles per hour) are transporting people in greater comfort and style than an airplane and with much greater efficiency. China realized that decades ago and began pushing to be the world leader in modern transportation for its citizens. That day has arrived.

In almost every major city in China there is now a high speed rail link. These trains are state of the art. Here is a short tour of what high speed rail looks like in China. First let me show you the trains. This is what I call modern transportation.

high speed rail
China railroad
Good service on China trains

Now lets take a look at the inside of these trains and show you how wonderful the world of high speed train travel is compared to an airplane.

seats in high speed train

Everything on these trains is modern and comfortable. The compartments are clean and the service is out of this world. I thought that the days of the attentive stewardess were gone. I found it again when I traveled on China’s high speed rail. Tea or Coffee? Yes, please!


Just one look at this high speed rail map of China and you realize that China has ALREADY achieved the dream of public transportation for the next century. This infrastructure will serve China’s 1.3 billion population better than most other countries on the planet.

Just take a look at the modern facilities that they have built to support these trains. The stations are state of the art.

Now I am saying that China is 10 years ahead of the united States in modern mass transit infrastructure because of the official map of high speed rail from the High Speed Rail Association in America.

I say 10 years because even if this map was completed on time, America would still be 10 years behind the times. Ten more years of 1970’s style Amtrak slow “rickety” trains. Ten more years of traffic jams and airport security nightmares. I wish this was the worst case scenario, but this map has recently been invalidated by the actions of Florida Governor Rick Scott, who in an insane move blocked Federal funding to build high speed rail in his state. (Note the green lines in the map in Florida. Those will not be built.) This type of thinking and the move of the U.S. government to cut spending on domestic infrastructure programs is draining blood from the society. The delay rebuilding the American infrastructure is putting America further behind the times each day. Instead of improving the lives of the American people, American government has chosen to continue to fight foreign wars in an attempt to control oil production. The same people who are controlling those decisions are the ones who will keep fuel guzzling cars on the road and block high speed rail projects in the future.

China has a brilliant transportation system in place now and is building additions at an incredible pace. It will be fun to watch what the future of human transportation will look like in 2020. Where will you find it? China.

Itia (Abroad)

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  1. Tom
    March 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Thank you for the pictures and post.
    I think it will be interesting to see how China’s rail system holds up. At the moment the former head is under investigation, along with a few other leaders, because billions are missing from the budget. China’s rail system is also considered too expensive by many here, and the “luxury” trains are often more expensive than flights. There are also safety concerns, partially because China is using some of the same tech as Japan, but operating it at much higher speeds.
    I admire their tenacity in the project, but I don’t know if they’ve created a model for rail development.

    • March 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      Very good information. Maybe some of their fastest bullet trains are risky. I was not aware of the risk, but I am also not aware of any accidents yet. As for the entire rail infrastructure, some of the trains (like the one between Shenzhen and Guangzhou) only travel at 180 km/hr. The overall infrastructure that has been built, the ease of travel and the low price of travel are all light years ahead of other countries. I have enjoyed their comfort and economy many times and when I travel back to the states I see how limited my travel options are and how far behind we have become.

  2. February 4, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    “China infrastructure 10 years ahead of the United States Lettersfromitia’s Blog” truly makes me think a small amount more. I personally admired every particular part of it. Thank you ,Werner

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