Experiencing the opening of China's very first high-speed railway

By Bruce Connolly | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-11-17 09:01
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Photo taken on Aug 5, 2008, shows the Tianjin Railway Station departure hall. [Photo by Bruce Connolly/Provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

It was an exciting moment going down by escalator to the platform with sleek, white painted train units awaiting their passengers. Entering the coach, everything brand new with excellent views from the large windows. I sat back in my semi-reclining seat. Pulling out from the station, acceleration was both quiet and smooth meaning handheld drinks would not be spilled. There was very little sensation of speed but the digital carriage displays showed us rapidly reaching up to and over 300km/hr. At that point cheering and clapping came from fellow, excited passengers. For all of us, this was a first-time rail experience.

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