Fast Train To Shanghai
Nothing sums up China’s economic surge and energy more than a ride on the new fast train service. And they have gleaming new stations to match. This was Beijing South as we headed out to Tianjin for the next stage of the visit to China.
The station was filled with plenty of retail opportunities in luxury goods stores. Interesting places to eat too, and despite the formality of the greeting, more familiar than the more traditional dining in Beijing so far.
The lens on my camera was starting to misbehave at this point but I think the blurred effect adds to the drama of the stewardesses marching swiftly to the train.
Two days later and we’re heading down to Shanghai from Tianjin South Station. Here it is in the early light on a freezing December morning.
Hadn’t expected to need to wear a hat this morning. Certainly not inside the station. Apparently heating was optional. Does it show?
A warm cup of coffee on board and it’s next stop Shanghai. I’ll post some video footage of this amazing train later.
This train is so smooth and comfortable you could snooze all the way to Shanghai.
For all you train buffs, here’s one parked at another platform as we glided into Shanghai Station five hours later. Top speed 314km per hour!
An effortless journey was over.
Neon, too, at the station. Just the thing to prepare you for Shanghai itself!