Wednesday, April 6, 2011
High Speed Rail to Tianjin
With China rapidly developing its rail and especially high speed rail networks--there's literally construction dust everywhere--we wanted to get in on the fun and take a short trip on one of these new and super fast trains.
So...we decided to have lunch in the neighboring city of Tianjin. Like Beijing, Tianjin is actually a city-state, a city that is not part of a state and directly falls under the national government, a national central city so to speak. The whole trip of course was kind of crazy: we could have driven to Tianjin in maybe 90 minutes, but instead we drove 45 minutes to the train station in southern Beijing, waited 30 minutes or so for the train, and then zipped over to Tianjin ("oooh, we are going so fast!") in 30 minutes.
Well, that last part was cool, with the meter in front of the train telling you are going 230 km/hr, 240 km/hr, up to above 300 km/hr. Sweet. Though the kids were less excited: they probably had expected something more like a roller coaster, after all the hype from their parents. The train didn't even make a corkscrew loop--just a straight shot to Tianjin: Boring!
Here are pictures of the train and some of Tianjin's famous sights:
Back at the station, we actually spend the longest time trying to find the platform to board our train back to Beijing. But when we do, only another 30 minutes later we emerge 120 kilometers to the northwest, back in our old hometown: Beijing.
In het Nederlands: In februari--inderdaad al ettelijke maanden geleden--zijn we een dagje naar Tianjin gegaan, een stadje zo'n 120 kilometer ten zuidoosten van Beijing. De belangste reden om te gaan was niet zozeer de stad zelf, alhoewel er lekkere baozi te eten waren en een mooie kerk om te bezichtigen, maar we wouden zo graag eens met de nieuwe hoge snelheidslijn.