Beth Buczynski

China Unveils Plans to Build an 8,000-Mile High-Speed Underwater Railway Line to America

by , 05/12/14
filed under: Green Transportation, News

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It sounds like an April Fool’s joke, but from what we can tell, the Chinese government is completely serious about their latest high speed rail project. According to multiple news outlets, China plans to build an 8,000+ mile railroad (sounds plausible) connecting China, Russia, Canada, and the U.S. that includes a 125 mile undersea tunnel spanning the Bering Strait! The plan was announced in China’s state-run newspaper, the Beijing Times, and apparently Russia is already on-board with the plan. While it would be nice to travel from China to America in two days without setting foot in a single airport, engineers around the globe are skeptical.



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According to the report, which cites a single expert at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Chinese officials “are considering a route that would start in the country’s northeast, thread through eastern Siberia and cross the Bering Strait via a 125-mile long underwater tunnel into Alaska.” This sounds fine, until you realize the proposed undersea route is longer than the Chunnel and the Seikan Tunnel in Japan (currently the world’s longest and deepest) combined.

Related: High Speed Rail Proposed to Connect Texas and Mexico

Both were amazing feats of engineering in their own right, and that was without four major world governments (two of which don’t play very nicely together) in the mix. Unsurprisingly, “[n]o other Chinese railway experts have come out in support of the proposed project. Whether the government has consulted Russia, the US or Canada is also unclear,” reports the Guardian. It’s worth pointing out that Russia did green light a similar project in 2011.

While we’re inclined to file this one under ‘strange and unusual news’ for the time being, it’s interesting to note that if anyone could create something as preposterous as an undersea railway around the world, it’s China. “In the last half decade or so, China has embarked on an astonishing rail construction spree, laying down tens of thousands of miles tracks and launching myriad high-speed lines,” explains the Washington Post.

Via Gizmodo

High speed train and train under water via Shutterstock.com 

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6 Comments

  1. Aaron Black May 19, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I personally love the idea! Contrary of what Mr. Masiello thinks, I think it would be much better then shipping for passengers. While ships or boats are always useful, I don’t believe it is possible to create a ship that’ll move fast enough to get thousands of passengers across the sea in just 2 days time. Not to mention, the economic and environmental tolls ships have. Granted this project would cost way more money then trying to come up with faster ships, this project’s costs would primarily be on the labor side of things which ultimately means that it would actually benefit our economy rather then hurt it and if they designed the system properly then the affects on the environment wouldn’t really be that bad.

  2. Erwin Labog May 19, 2014 at 6:17 am

    I think they’re using it as a means to get our land the the west Philippine sea

  3. Gary Bridger May 15, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Well Everyone seem more face down in apps and texting, then to see the beauty of the country side, Air flights not much different, Free up air ports, Damn london airports Al OTT NOW England is an island , over populated, No more air ports, !!!

  4. Mark Zhang May 13, 2014 at 12:55 am

    We can dream =).

    But “skeptical” was a word used with flying just 50 years ago as well.

  5. DeAnna Louise May 12, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    I’m sure that won’t destroy the fragile environment of the ocean at all….

  6. Christopher Masiello May 12, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    It seems to me that it would be cheaper, faster, and better to just build a big, super fast boat that sailed from Beijing or Shang Hai straight across to Los Angeles or SanFranCisco.
    10,000 miles by train vs. 5,000 miles straight over the ocean.
    Half the distance at half the speed gets you there in the same amount of time. Plus the train has to go through three countries. 1 trip through customs vs. 3.
    Building tracks, and bridges, and tunnels costs A LOT! You could build a ton of fast boats for way less. Plus when you get the first boat finished, you’re ready to start trips. You can’t run a single train while the tunnel is not done.

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