On July 20, 2021 in Qingdao, Shandong Province of China, unveiled its new maglev bullet train, which can travel at speeds of up to 600 km/h or 373 mph( miles per hour ). It would take just 2.5 hours to travel from Beijing to Shanghai, which is a distance of more than 620 miles
Maglev Bullet Train: The world’s fastest train appears to be “floating” thanks to an electromagnetic force that sends it gliding above the tracks, hence being named “maglev,” abbreviated from “magnetic levitation.” The train is expected to emit a lower level of noise and require less maintenance than other high-speed trains, an official told state media.
The train, developed by the state-owned China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC), emits low levels of noise pollution and requires less maintenance than other high-speed trains, according to Liang Jianying, deputy general manager and chief engineer of CRRC Sifang.
Currently, China only has one maglev line in commercial use, connecting Shanghai’s Pudong Airport with the Longyang Road station in the city. The 30 km (19 mile) journey takes about seven and a half minutes, with the train hitting speeds of 430 kph (267 mph).
Several new maglev networks are reportedly under construction, including one linking Shanghai and Hangzhou and another connecting Chengdu and Chongqing.
China Railway says its bullet train will drastically help cut down on travel time. At top speed, the vehicle will be able to complete the 754-mile trip between Beijing and Shanghai in just two-and-a-half hours, Reuters notes. That same trip takes just over three hours by plane, five-and-a-half hours by current high-speed rail options or 12 hours by car. That could make the train an especially attractive travel option for business travelers in the country.
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