Monday, March 16, 2009

Blogging from Shanghai, part 15

Wanted: a German immigrant. (As you can see from Kevin Johnson's post of the immigrant of the day, Germany is the theme today). Today I rode the Maglev train that takes you from a Shanghai subway stop to the international airport (30 kilometers) in under 8 minutes. The Maglev is German made, and wow, that would be nice to have that type of train running in a route like San Francisco to Los Angeles at about 300 miles per hour!

The Shanghai Maglev train is the first commercial high-speed maglev line in the world. A new Maglev line will open next year between Shanghai and Hangzhou. The high speed line will run between the two Chinese cities of Shanghai and Hangzhou. The total length will be 169 km (105 mi), of which 64 km (40 mi) will be within the City of Shanghai and 105 km (65 mi) in the province of Zhejiang. Four stations are to be built: at the Expo 2010 site in east Shanghai; in south Shanghai; Jiaxing; and east Hangzhou. The proposed design speed is 450 km/h, which would allow the train to travel the 169 km total distance in just 27 minutes. The total budget of the project will be 35 billion RMB yuan (about 5.0 billion USD as of April 2008). For more, click here.


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