外文标题：Another Trip To Wuhan……..Part 1
This time I decided to go to Wuhan by train. My wife is around these days so I thought it will give us a good view of Interior China. We started early in the morning to catch the train at 0648 Hrs. I have mentioned the time to impress upon the accuracy of time schedule. Needless to say I was more than impressed when the train started and was impressed further when it reached the destination on time accurate to the second. Mist sat over the city like whispers on the lips and as the cab ran through the shrouded city, it unfolded dreamily like a story to a drowsy kid.
The river is criss-crossed by several bridges and subway and road tunnels and to tell you a little more about Shanghai’s connection to the rest of the country, Shanghai Yangze River bridge tunnel is 25.5 kms long out of which the tunnel is 8.9 Kms and the bridge is 16.6 Kms. The tunnel is two tiered with the upper deck having six lane motorway and the lower section is for the metro which still hasn’t been opened. yet The other bridges that join Shanghai to other parts of China are Donghai trans-oceanic bridge 32.5 Kms long, Yangpu Bridge 8.35 Kms long, Nanpu Bridge, Lupu Bridge, Xupu and Shongpu Bridge and then at many places metro subway and road tunnels run across the river.
The mist scurried for shelter as the dawn heralded the arrival of the sun. Brightness started spreading like a maiden stretching and it brought happiness to beholden me like it does to a charmed beholder.
I have never seen such a marvellous railway station until now. What I saw was indeed better than any airport I have ever seen. Eventhough seeing spotlessly clean public places is becoming a routine thing for me here at China but cleanliness here left me speechless.
The next thing that left me wonder struck was the bullet train. All long distance trains in China run at awesome speed of 250 Kms. and hour and the railway ministery has decided to upgrade them to 350 Kms/hr. Between some cities they are already running at this formidable speed.
The train started on dot and quickly picked up speed. My eyes glued to the electronic display began to bulge out and throat went dry as I feared that it may not reach an escape velocity and shoot out of the globe. Thankfully the digits stopped rising when the number reached 250 Km/Hr.
I clicked a few pictures of the landscape speeding past. The train tracks are all elevated and fenced. You can say that the train runs on one continuous over bridge. Even the highways are mostly elevated. So there are no obstructions on way. In the fast passing scenery, I tried to discover if there were any signs of litter, slums and dumps but could not.
Passing Railway Stations. No hawkers, vendors, Chhole Bathure, No spitting, shitting or urinating and no teary eyed relatives in strength come to see the guests off who are going back.. at last.