After riding the slow train in the hard seats from Xian to Suzhou, we were relieved to have the opportunity to take one of China’s famous new bullet trains from Suzhou to Shanghai. It was the complete opposite experience – convenient, clean, spacious, and fast.
Did I mention they were fast? It took us only 30 minutes to cover about 70 miles, which means we were going at an average of around 140 miles per hour!
While I know there are lots of differences between China and the US, this train experience really showed me how a modern rail system can really move people quickly and efficiently. I hope the US follows China’s lead on this for its more densely populated corridors. We better make it fast.