Against a background of global worries over climate change and heavily polluting transportation methods, China has been developing a 16,000-kilometer high-speed rail network at, well, high speed.
The focal point of English-language reportage on the railway network has been the enormous and innovatively designed West Kowloon Terminus (more photos here), an underground rail station that will connect to Shenzhen and Guangzhou via a dedicated underground railway.
But that section of the railway network is only one small part, and it will link Hong Kong not only to the mainland cities in the Pearl River Delta, but to the rest of the mainland as well.
Highlights of the railway network of interest to Chengdu residents include:
Chengdu to Hong Kong: 7 hours
Chengdu to Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, and Pearl River and Yangtze River Deltas: 6 to 8 hours
Chengdu to Guizhou, Xi'an, Lanzhou, Kunming, and Wuhan: 3 to 4 hours, to be completed within five years
Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou: 2 hours
Chengdu to Chongqing: 56 minutes
Chengdu to Mianyang, Le Shan, and Jiangyou: Less than one hour
Most of these projects are slated for completed within the next five to six years; the West Kowloon Terminus was originally scheduled for a 2015 completion, but MTR Corp., who is in charge of the project, said it might be finished early.
photo source: qq