China’s high-speed rail network is popular with both short-term visitors and long-term expatriates. However, for foreigners, Chinese is one of the most difficult languages to comprehend. China Railway Corporation is responding to this by progressively introducing English on all signage, but there are still several challenges to overcome, as David Feng explains.
CHINA Railway Corporation (CRC) has awarded a Yuan 543m ($US 79m) contract to Bombardier Sifang Transportation (BST) to supply five eight-car CRH1A-A high-speed trains for the Nanning Railway Bureau, following its order of 18 trains at the beginning of March.
China has redoubled its commitment to rail infrastructure investment as it seeks to stave off a slowdown in economic growth and boost development in areas that are poorly served by the network. Keith Barrow looks at the prospects for rail spending under the 13th Five Year Plan and considers some of the potential obstacles ahead.
THE 1776km high-speed line from Lanzhou to Urumqi in the Xinjiang region of northwest China must rank alongside the Qinghai Tibet Railway as one China's greatest engineering achievements of recent years. The 31-station line crosses the Gobi desert and the Qilian Mountains, reaching a summit of 3607m above sea level in the Qilianshan No 2 Tunnel, making it the world's highest high-speed line.