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The railway network of China is the largest and most active in the world and connects virtually every city and town in China. In China train means safety, economy and comfort. There are numerous main railway lines, eg. line Jingjiu (from Beijing to Hong Kong), Jingguang (from Beijing to Canton), Longhai (east to west) and so on. All trains run daily departures and the train is still the preferred mode of transport by the Chinese. Traveling by train allows you to experience the everyday life of the Chinese people and to enjoy the magnificent scenery along the way.
There are also numerous international railway lines linking China to Europe (via Mongolia and Russia), Vietnam and Central Asia. These are the lines Beijing - Ulan Bator - Moscow, the so-called Trans-Siberian Railway, the line Beijing - Hanoi, the Beijing - Pyongyang and the new line Urumqi - Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, opened in 2008. It 'also possible to arrive by train in Tibet starting from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xi'an, Lanzhou and Xining and get to Kowloon (Hong Kong) from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
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There are 8 types of trains: Shanghai Maglev train, G train, train C, D train, train Z, T train, train K and ordinary train.
Shanghai Maglev Train in April 2001 began the construction of the first commercial Transrapid trains and the inauguration took place in 2004. The line is 30 km long, connecting the international airport of Shanghai Pudong Lujiazui financial district. A race between the two terminal takes about 8 minutes. The world speed record for a commercial Maglev train was achieved on 12 November 2003 when a train composed of five wagons reached a top speed of 501 Km / h while another convoy reached a top speed of 430 Km / h on the adjacent line .
LShanghai Maglev line has been designed to operate at maximum speeds of over 500 km / h and a cruising speed of 430 Km / h and is the fastest commercial train line in the world.
Other maglev lines are under construction in China.
Train G: Another type of modern high-speed train, reaches 300 km / h and takes only 4 hours to connect Beijing to Shanghai. The link Beijing - Xi'an will be operational by 2013. Most of the G trains are in service every day with departures every 15 minutes.
Train C: high-speed train service between Beijing and Tianjin, the first section of railway velicità designed for high speed of 350 km / h, characterized by long maintenance cycles, extremely clean and low noise.
Train D: known by the acronym CRH (China Railway High-speed), traveling at speeds of 2-300 km / h and offers seats in first and second class.
Train Z: train "Espresso" that does not make intermediate stops between the two terminals. Convenient for overnight travel about 1300 km, allows you to embark in the evening and arrive at their destination the next morning. Many Chinese and foreign business man opting for this type of train in order to save the cost of a night at the hotel.
Trains Z soft and deluxe cabins have bunks for two people with private bathroom, safe, tv and dvd player. The hard sleeper there is no limit to the crowding of the carriages. Further facilities include air conditioning, western toilet and hot water. The dining car offers full meals.
Train T: T stands for "very fast train." Stops at major stations and is equipped with air conditioning, dining car, toilet and lavatory. The classes are divided into hard seat, soft seat, hard sleeper and soft berths. T Trains connect all Chinese cities, especially those distant from each other more than 1300 Km, such as Beijing - Urumqi and Beijing - Kunming. T Trains are usually more crowded and slow trains Z.
Train K: K stands for "fast", because compared to the trains, slower. K trains make more stops of trains and T are equipped with air conditioning, dining car, toilet and lavatory Chinese. The classes are divided into hard seat, soft seat, hard sleeper and soft berths.
Ordinary trains:ordinary trains is designated by four digits, eg. the train 1461 (Beijing - Shanghai) or 1363 (Beijing-Chengdu). Stop at all stations and are the slowest and economic. They are often late and those who are not in a hurry to get to your destination, give the chance to experience the mode of travel of Chinese medium and thoroughly understand the lifestyle. E 'can also taste Chinese delicacies sold at each stop from local vendors.The classes are divided into hard seat, hard sleeper and soft berths. Most ordinary trains is without a conditioner, which makes them very hot in the summer, and the restaurant car. Also the toilets are only in chinese style.