Jul 3, 2011

There's Fastest Trains in China

In China there is a saying, if you want to prosper, build roads first. True, China is not ceasing to build infrastructure such as highways and railroads.

The Chinese government had confirmed the end of this month, China will celebrate his new achievement. Predicate biggest, fastest, and the "ter" others in China will increase. Currently, the fastest train on earth are in China. Not only that, the longest fast train line also exists in China.

This inauguration will coincide with the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party of China.

Trains with a maximum speed of 350 kilometers per hour it will serve the Beijing-Shanghai line along the 1318 kilometers or almost equal to the distance from Jakarta to Yogyakarta commute.

With the fastest train, the Beijing-Shanghai will be completed in five hours, faster than 11 hours with the current train service.

Beijing-Shanghai path through seven provinces and major cities, namely Tianjin, Hebei, Shandong, Anhui, and Jiangsu. This route also connects two major economic zones, namely the Yangtze River Delta and Bohai.

This path will obviously bring tremendous economic benefits for linking the strategic areas.

Ticket prices offered vary between 410 yuan and 1740 yuan, or between Rp 543,000 and Rp 2.3 million.

Looking at the achievement of China, many also commented tilt and skeptical. Some are suspicious of China's innovation capacity. Others criticize China just copied the combined technologies of Japan, Germany, and France for the affairs of this fast train.

Government against these suspicions by stating that the existing fastest train in the world only has a speed of 320 kilometers per hour, but made in China are able to add speed to 350 kilometers per hour.

French fast train, TGV, managed to hit a record in 2007 when it successfully drove as fast as 571.2 kilometers per hour when it conducted trials. However, this speed only lasts a few moments. Normal speed TGV is 320 kilometers per hour.

For safety, the train quickly China will only drive an average of 300 miles per hour even though designed to run as far as 350 kilometers per hour.

In some sections, this fast train lines fitted with 2.85-meter-high fence to prevent animals or humans. Moreover, in every one kilometer will be placed guards.

State Pride

This new achievement will certainly make China more confident. "This is the pride of China and Chinese citizens," said Chief Engineer of Railways Ministry Huawu Hey Monday (27 / 6), the experimental fast train journey from Beijing to Shanghai.

It takes only 39 months to build a prestigious rail network, and offered as a reward for 90 years of Communist Party of China.

The cost of construction of railway network is 32.5 billion U.S. dollars. These are considered in relation to waste hundreds of millions of citizens still live miserable. There is also criticism about the practice of corruption, which makes the speed of the train could not be applied at the level of 350 kilometers per hour because of safety aspects.

However, these are the achievements and prestige of China. Blue and white paint on the fuselage showed harmony, mimicking the slogan of President Hu Jintao, who dreams of China as a harmonious nation.

Apart from that, this is no longer just a slogan. It is a masterpiece that scent the nation. Citizens of the world, including citizens of Indonesia, especially Jakarta resident, must envy.

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