China is creating a new high-speed train route that is so blazing fast it can take people 1,100 miles from Shanghai to Guangzhou in just 7 hours. That’s like traveling from Los Angeles to Seattle in as many hours. China is no stranger to high-speed travel – the country also opened a high-speed rail in 2012 between Beijing and Guangzhou that covers 1,400 miles in 8 hours.
Shanghai has become a thriving city in China with over 23 million people, making it important economically as a major seaport and megacity, so high-speed rail makes sense. In fact, high-speed rail is exploding across the country, not just Shanghai. Over 30 rail routes were opened in China over one week last month.
China has some seriously dense populations, with tons of people concentrated in a small area. High-speed rails are a smart move, helping to eliminate the need for major roads and freeways. High-speed rail isn’t perfect, however. It is only the greenest solution if it uses a green energy source and consistently travels with high occupancy, but it is still an excellent move towards a greener country.