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 passengers on CRH to Tianjin [Photo by Bruce Connolly/Provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

At that time I was working with Radio Beijing AM774. On 5th August I was invited along with a group of my colleagues to newly opened Beijing South. We would experience one of China's first high speed services. The station itself, incredible in scale. A vast departure hall fitted out with comfortable lounge chairs and even a grand piano. Today with rapidly increasing passenger numbers, those features have gone so increasing essential waiting space. Giant display boards in Chinese and English showed that the vast majority of trains ran between Beijing and Tianjin with a few going to Qingdao or Shanghai, which then were not part of the fast rail system.

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