Nanjing-Beijing in 3 hours 16 minutes from April

3 Hours 16 Minutes to Beijing

The China Railway Shanghai Group has announced that its new timetable shall come into force at midnight on 10th April, one which shall cut transportation time between Nanjing and Beijing to a fastest possible time of 3 hours and 16 minutes.

The present fastest service takes 3 hours 26 minutes to travel from southern to northern capital. Yet, there are only four such services each day, doing the 1,023 km journey in 206 minutes; the G2 and G14 that depart Nanjing South each morning, and the G4 and G18 afternoon services. While the new faster services shall still be operated by the latest line of sleek, high-speed trains for which China has become world renown, there shall be many more of them. After the April change, there will be 15 daily departures, journeying from Nanjing to Beijing in the record-breaking 3 hours 16 minutes.

The primary factor at work in shaving 10 minutes off the present, fastest service is a minor adjustment to the route, not only resulting in a slightly shorter kilometre journey, but also allowing for trains to spend more time at their maximum cruising velocity of 350 km/h.

Top speeds for China’s high-speed trains have recently been lifted from their limit of 300 km/h, that was imposed after the 2011 tragedy outside Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, when two high-speed trains collided on a viaduct in what was China’s first high-speed train disaster. 40 people were killed.

The move solidifies China’s latest generation of high-speed trains as the de-facto standard in world-class transportation. In line with Xi Jinping’s plans to rejuvenate the Chinese nation, the latest model is named just that; the Rejuvenation Series (复兴号). Their predecessor, the Harmony Series (和谐号), was named after the buzzword of Xi’s forerunner, Hu Jintao.

The new flagship services shall depart Shanghai Hongqiao to Beijing South, as if in a nod to their almighty significance, at the top of the hour, specifically 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 17:00, 18:00 and 19:00. 

Journey times between Shanghai and Nanjing shall also be slashed significantly in the coming years. Under construction at present is a new high-speed line between the two cities that will herald in an era in which it will be possible for Nanjingers to go to Shanghai for lunch, literally.

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Frank Hossack
Editor-in-chief and Music Critic, Frank Hossack, has been a radio host and producer for the past 34 years, the past 25 of which working in media in China, in the process winning four New York Festivals awards for his work, in the categories Best Top 40 Format, Best Editing, Best Director and Best Culture & The Arts. 贺福是我们杂志的编辑和音乐评论员,在过去的34年里一直从事电台主持和电台制片的工作。在中国有近25年的媒体工作经验。工作期间他曾经四次获得过纽约传媒艺术节大奖,分别是世界前40强节目奖,最佳编辑奖,最佳导演奖以及最佳文化艺术奖。