原文题目：Now, reach Beijing to Shanghai in 5 hrs
BEIJING: Sometime in end June Beijing and Shanghai would get another connection: the bullet trains. The new bullet trains linking Beijing and Shanghai will cost passengers three to four times more than what India's Rajdhani costs and run more than three times faster.
Bullet trains will nearly halve the travel time to five hours and would be of two types; one running at 300kph and another at 250kph. The fare will be 1,750 yuan for business class for the 1,300km journey between Beijing and Shanghai for the 300khp train.
Second class seats on the bullet train will cost 550 yuan, the equivalent. ''The fare is much lower at 410 yuan for second class and 650 yuan for first class for trains running at 250kph,'' China's vice minister of railways Hu Yadong said.
Trains moving at 300kph will cover the distance in 4.48 hours. The normal express trains take about 10 hours at present.
18 hrs ago (07:19 PM)
India's corruption runs faster than any Chinese Bullet train, no wonder China sees progress and India regress. China is corrupt but they do have good infrastructure, Indians do not even have a decent working toilet to boast about. Punish the thieves in the next election and improve the image and progress in India.
16 Jun, 2011 05:01 AM
Indians are smart people.They think and talk a lot. Just look at the quantity of comments in TOI. Chinese may not be so smart. They don't think and talk so much. See the comments in Chinese newspapers are only a tiny fraction of comments in Indian newspapers. Indians talk more. Chinese do more. Indians embrace Western democracy. Chinese have Chinese democracy.
Saurabh (Kanpur, India) replies to Nicole
16 Jun, 2011 03:49 PM
India is a more open society than China. People discuss and implement. China is on a fast track growth path, hence boasts of some of these infrastructure improvements. They can be very well implemented in India, there is no technological gap, but red tapism. It does not prove anything about the superiority of either of these nations.
sandeep singh (mumbai) replies to Nicole
16 Jun, 2011 08:55 AM
Dear Nicole,Coming to ur comment Indians comment more bcos they can and the chinese dont comment bcos they cant. Thats the beauty of your chinese democracy. R u aware of the number of ppl displaced in china for infrastructure development ? Will that be possible in any democratic country? R u aware that the ordinary chinese fears so much of any person in uniform ? thts democracy in china for u.
rajib replies to sandeep singh
17 Jun, 2011 04:55 PM
those who have not been to china has no idea how much more free it is than indian societies. girls are not raped for wearing small dress or going out at night, neither is someone killed for eating pork or beaf. and its true, they are extremely hardworking..definitely more than indians.
GE replies to rajib
17 hrs ago (08:05 PM)
>>and in spite of this they have the money, the national pride and determination to make China the most advanced country in the world. Though corruption exists they still show advancement. India is corrupt to the core, with no vision and pride. When every person can have a meal on the table and a toilet in his home, then india will be in a position to compete.
hala replies to sandeep singh
16 Jun, 2011 03:41 PM
actually，india should be ashamed of you say so much,do nothing,have you ever been to china?you know her people dont have your so-called freedom of speech?i am sure that you know nothing about China,you just follow what others say
Jim replies to sandeep singh
16 Jun, 2011 11:07 AM
Mr. Singh,u r a frog in well bottom,just can se a small part of the sky.Dont find excuse for ur india.U can go to china and u will find they have more democracy than indians.why they dont comment in newspaper so much,bcoz they just read and have less free time than indians,chinese is a hardworking nation. we can find this from their achievement.contrary,indians r much more lazy and easy to be complacent.if someone live in both india and china for years,he will find the large difference between the two countries.
Amitosh Kumar (BIHAR SHARIF)
15 Jun, 2011 06:42 PM
High speed rail connectivity has become need of hour in our country, China is far ahead of us in this quality infrastructure, but our government has only one business corruption, corruption and more corruption. Looks like its pipe dream for our country.
15 Jun, 2011 05:54 PM
My family and I recently traveled from Beijing to shanghai by the "slow" train. Imagine our surprise when we got to the station and found it spic and span and many times larger than even the Chennai international airport. When we were finally allowed to board the train our astonishment increased further. We had "soft berths" which is our equivalent to the first class in Indian trains. In your little cubicle each berth gets clean linen and blankets, a pair of throw away slippers, each berth has its own tv, light and you can adjust the ac in the cabin. The bathrooms are absolutely clean as well and cleaned by young attendants frequently. Our ministers must visit China and learn from them. Its ok complaining about the Chinese as it gives our press something to excite the population by but we need to learn from whomever we can.
15 Jun, 2011 04:10 PM
hi Stop ur dreaming.. bcoz in INDIA this kind of fast train will and never happen .... corruption travels fast (first) than High Tech trains.....
15 Jun, 2011 03:03 PM
This shows the progress that China is making & the speed that they beleive in. In India we are still fighting among ourselves regarding the bill for corruption & unless corruption stops growth & progress cannot be made. One of our minister earlier said that Mumbai will be made like to that of Shanghai. My strong beleif is that minister has not visited Shanghai which he must visit & then probably he will withdraw his remarks.
juice waala (India)
15 Jun, 2011 02:52 PM
An accident caused in such trains would leave 0% survivors so slow trains are better as better late than never.Get airplane if you are in rush or leave early.
ST (Beijing) replies to juice waala
15 Jun, 2011 06:41 PM
I've traveled on Chinese trains and discovered that their high speed trains run on dedicated tracks which cows, dogs and humans cannot encroach on. Even with our slow trains in India, dozens die.
15 Jun, 2011 02:20 PM
We always know that if a development has to happen be it international class roads or bullet trains..;-), the 70% of the total money allocated would be spent on personal real estate and swiss bank accounts.. and with remaining 30%, we the people of india get just roads or trains.. And which government would ever dare to plan a new development looking towards the future..
15 Jun, 2011 02:01 PM
We first need 'big thinking' parliamentarians and a great leader as a PM at the national level, honest and dynamic leaders at the state level who place development ahead of seat saving populism. We currently have neither. The leaders who seem to come close to having these traits are not liked by many. Any attempt to privatize the Railways will first go through years of intense corruption where they will mortgage the next 10 years' future before the stage can be set up for some high tech systems. Sometime in 2020 we can see a trial run of a high speed railway by which time the whole of China will be covered by bullet trains.
15 Jun, 2011 01:30 PM
Don't worry ! India will surely get bullet trains and trans-rapids in another 500 years but then we will be still behind, because in China flying cars will become very common.
15 Jun, 2011 01:08 PM
Railways in india need to be privitised to allow developement of competition among players.. e.g. lets look at telecom sector, low cost airline travel, the choice of service, cost and quality of service has improved in leaps and bounds in last decade. Where as in railways we still have the decrepid infrastructure.. age old signaling methods.. Competition creates threat to complacency and players have to innovate to stay in the game.. will any policy maker listen to this..
15 Jun, 2011 12:33 PM
China has beaten India comprehensively, in each and every sector. I think in coming future, may be 20 years, India will be a colony of China. Our Netas and beuracrats are just sleeping and enjoying lavish money from corruption. Indians should prepare themselves for becoming slaves of China
15 Jun, 2011 12:18 PM
When he bacame Prime Minister first time 7 years ago, I recall Dr. Manmohan Singh promising us to have bullet trains, similar to Japan's between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. What had happened? Does anybody know whether the work is really underway?
mil (kol) replies to NST
15 Jun, 2011 02:43 PM
Did that cheat gave any time-frame ?
Sanjay (Chennai) replies to NST
15 Jun, 2011 12:35 PM
:-) You sure do have a good memory !! Problem is , our ruling elite dont ....
15 Jun, 2011 12:07 PM
The last sentence says - 'The normal express trains take about 10 hours at present'. Which means they cover 1300 kms in 10 hours...WOW. Even normal express trains in China runs at an average speed of 130 km/h. Why is it that our express trains have an average speed of 50-60 km/h while our superfast express have an average speed of 60-70 km/h only. Even rajdhani and shatabdi express runs at an average speed of 65-75 km/h. Why are we lagging behind when our tracks can allow speeds upto 160 km/h? The railways must improve speeds considerably.
最后一句说“普通的快车目前需要10小时”，这意味着10小时跑1300公里。。。哇。。在中国，即使是普通的快车都能跑平均时速130公里。为什么我们的快车平均时速只有50-60公里，而我们的特快的平均时速只有60-70公里，甚至我们的rajdhani 和 shatabdi快车都只能跑时速65--75公里。我们的铁路本可以跑时速160公里，为什么我们仍然落后？铁路部门应该大幅提速。
15 Jun, 2011 11:20 AM
India has gone into a bad reverse loop, the foreign countries give us the finished products and we consume it, we can't manufactor it, because the machinery required to produce an electric motor for example has to be imported.
15 Jun, 2011 11:16 AM
Dont worry guys the chinese cant catch us in curruption race ,even if they have the fastest trains
15 Jun, 2011 10:15 AM
When we can see these type of trains, whatever British layed lines we just converted them to broad gauge, after 60 yeares of independence we are still in legacy of railways, whole money collected goes to Politician pockets & swiss bank, how we can see the progress.
15 Jun, 2011 10:12 AM
I have travelled by the bullet train Shanghai to Suzhou, 120 kms distance in about 25 mins and trains hitting speeds of 275 kmph. Missing China!!!
15 Jun, 2011 09:07 AM
Trust me people China is way ahead of us in terms of infrastructure,,our govt is so manuplated that its not possible to compete them even in next 25 years,,its a shame!! Its not our govt's mistake its us who let them do wat they want! we better WAKE UP NOW.. we are too busy in our life,lets not be so mean to our country,jai hind..
15 Jun, 2011 08:42 AM
Good! In India it takes sometimes five hours to get across a Metro City, especially in rainy season or when a VVIP is visiting the city!
15 Jun, 2011 08:42 AM
Indian government is there for only to do the corruption not the development. These idiots wants to loot money and keep in swiss banks. India will never get this kind of development. Due to these idiots even a small rougue contries like pakistan threaten India.
15 Jun, 2011 08:30 AM
such trains don't make any sense. Instead of building bullet train and costing three times the rajdhani ticket it is much cheaper to go by aeroplane economy class. No train can go faster than aeroplane. Building a straight line rail track will have to take away lot of land, cut lot of trees, build many bridges and lots more infrastructure. A aeroplane just requires two airports----one source and one destination and a aeroplane and some more things. But between you don't need to build any road, railway track, and all infrastructure associated with it.
Guptan Veemboor (Bangalore)
15 Jun, 2011 08:09 AM
We have bullets flying. Trains crawling. But alas no bullet-trains.
15 Jun, 2011 05:12 AM
I wish the story had some conversions to INR...would make more sense to the Indian public then. What say guys ? Comparison always helps. Cheers
Dhananjai (Shanghai) replies to Harshit
15 Jun, 2011 06:54 AM
1 yuan = 6.91 INR.I live in shanghai and think this is awesome development.Hope we have same tech in our home country.but we can just wish!!
romi (china) replies to Dhananjai
15 Jun, 2011 10:27 AM
agree - me also live in china & honestly wish our nation also moves thinks & works like them but sadly all we have is democracy which unfortunately is pulling us down
15 Jun, 2011 04:05 AM
Calling Indian Engineers!!! YoooHooo....,Where Are Youuuu ???
Sandeep (India) replies to Jaagrik123
15 Jun, 2011 04:45 AM
Indian engineers? They are all working in America/Canada/Australia
who2tell (usa) replies to Sandeep
15 Jun, 2011 04:52 AM
That's why engineering in these countries is going down.