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Old March 8th, 2011, 10:32 PM   #1861
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I agree... but then you see how they put the name on the front of the railway station: they call it a "YaRailway" station...
LOL I noticed that too, it's probably just slightly more difficult to install where 'Ya" suppose to be, so they opted to have it moved toward the right.
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I like Sanya station, its just like the combination of Chinese and South East Asia architecture.
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Old March 10th, 2011, 06:03 PM   #1863
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China's Guizhou welcomes foreign investment in high-speed rail construction

BEIJING, Mar. 9 (Xinhua) -- Guizhou in southwest China welcomes foreign investment in its high-speed railway construction, part of the province's massive transport network construction plan between 2011 and 2015, said governor Zhao Kezhi on Wednesday.

Guizhou plans to build 2,993 km of expressway in the next five years, almost double the length it has now, said Zhao.

"We also plan to construct 3,017 km of railway, including high-speed rail that can run trains at 300 to 350 km per hour," said Zhao.

The grand plan needs massive investment, especially given Guizhou's mountainous topography.

"Each kilometer of expressway or railway in Guizhou will cost as much as 100 million yuan (15.2 million U.S. dollars), therefore to carry out our plan, we need at least 550 billion yuan," said Zhao.

Since Guizhou is an underdeveloped province, the central government will shoulder 70 percent of the bill, with the province and private investors footing the rest, said Zhao.

Poor transportation has long held Guizhou's economy back. Having the expressways and high-speed railways in place will boost regional development, said Zhao.

Construction of the 857-km Guiyang-Guangzhou railway express line started in 2008, and will link Guizhou's capital with Guangzhou, capital of southern Guangdong Province, one of the country's economic powerhouses.

With a population of around 40 million, Guizhou is expected to become the transport hub of southwest China due to its geographic position.

Hunan Province neighbors Guizhou to the east, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to its south, Yunnan Province to its west, and Sichuan Province and Chongqing Municipality to its north.

Nationwide, China will expand its networks of expressways and high-speed railways during the 2011-2015 period to support economic growth, according to the draft 12th Five-Year Plan.

By the end of 2015, the total length of the country's high-speed rail network is expected to reach 45,000 km, including within it almost every city with a population of more than 500,000, it said.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 07:27 AM   #1864
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Shiziyang tunnel breakthrough on March 12, 2011

http://news.qq.com/a/20110312/001145.htm

Part of Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong HSR Line
Length: 10.8 km, each tube
Designed speed: 350 km/h
Construction began: November 9, 2007, left tube breakthrough in December 2010
The Guangzhou–Shenzhen section of the HSR line is set to open in July 2011.
The line will cut the travel time between Beijing and Hong Kong to just eight hours.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 09:38 AM   #1865
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Part of Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong HSR Line
Length: 10.8 km, each tube
Designed speed: 350 km/h
Construction began: November 9, 2007, left tube breakthrough in December 2010
The Guangzhou–Shenzhen section of the HSR line is set to open in July 2011.
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The line will cut the travel time between Beijing and Hong Kong to just eight hours.
Not that line. Futian-Hong Kong will take a lot of time yet, and Beijing-Wuhan shall also open later.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 02:23 PM   #1866
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China completes construction of world's fastest underwater railway tunnel

English.news.cn 2011-03-12 14:04:30

GUANGZHOU, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Construction of China's first underwater railway tunnel was completed Saturday in south China, which allows trains to operate at the world's top speed under the water.

The project, or the Shiziyang Tunnel, crossed the Pearl River estuary in south China's Guangdong Province with a length of 10.8 kilometers. It is designed for trains travelling at 350 kilometers per hour, the highest of all underwater tunnels worldwide.

The 10.8-kilometer tunnel, which is also the country's longest, is a key part of a 140-kilometer high-speed rail link that connects Guangzhou, the capital of China's southern economic powerhouse Guangdong, with the city of Shenzhen, also in Guangdong, and Hong Kong.

Liu Guangjun, project manager with the Shiziyang Tunnel, said large shielding machines had been used in digging of the tunnel at 60 meters underwater.

Construction of the tunnel started in November 2007, and the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong express rail link is scheduled to put into operation in 2012, which would slash travel time between Guangzhou and Hong Kong to 40 minutes from the current two hours.

The express is also expected to join with the country's express railway network and take passengers only eight hours from Hong Kong to Beijing.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english201...c_13774762.htm
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Old March 12th, 2011, 08:06 PM   #1867
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what is the obvious mistake she made in that sentence? Even if what she said was false, is that really obvious?
Well, yes...
she says:
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Annual interest payments on loans for a high-speed rail link between Beijing and the nearby city of Tianjin, for example, will fall short of the line's annual revenues.
But that would be wonderful! Cause that would mean just opposite of what article claims to say - namely that CRH line (in this case Beijing-Tianjin) is, actually, profitable. Since interest payments are smaller than revenue.
Instead line should have been reversed and read something like this:

"annual revenues of hight-speed rail link between Beijing and nearby city of Tianjin; for example; will fall short of annual interest payments"

It could, naturally be considered a typo. Yet the very fact that it so easily slipped in is, imho, indicative of the preconceptions, or even pre-desired outcome shared by both author and editors - sort of subconscious need to find problems in anything and everything China does. Need that reaches almost epidemic scale in western mass media, often crossing border of banal disinformation. Disinformation nobody notices, cause nobody want to notice. The outcome is expected and desired and taken as is.

Truth is CRH lines do loose money, at least so far. But the volumes transported go up by12-15 % a year. In case trend will continue JingJin line (Beijing-Tianjin) will break even in a year or two. Besides this doesn't take into accout overall economic effect. Line trasposrts daily about 70 000 people. Moving these masses over road (say by buses) would completely clog BJ-TJ highway. And speed of the service virtually unites two cities.

Another fact that that article completely ignores is that this type of infrastructure is built with a focus on future development. And in itself may facilitate such a development. Central government makes a major effort in developing Tianjin into financial and high tech capital of Bohai rim and wider north China. So it is more then logical.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 10:26 PM   #1868
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China completes construction of world's fastest underwater railway tunnel

English.news.cn 2011-03-12 14:04:30

GUANGZHOU, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Construction of China's first underwater railway tunnel was completed Saturday in south China, which allows trains to operate at the world's top speed under the water.

The project, or the Shiziyang Tunnel, crossed the Pearl River estuary in south China's Guangdong Province with a length of 10.8 kilometers. It is designed for trains travelling at 350 kilometers per hour, the highest of all underwater tunnels worldwide.

The 10.8-kilometer tunnel, which is also the country's longest, is a key part of a 140-kilometer high-speed rail link that connects Guangzhou, the capital of China's southern economic powerhouse Guangdong, with the city of Shenzhen, also in Guangdong, and Hong Kong.

Liu Guangjun, project manager with the Shiziyang Tunnel, said large shielding machines had been used in digging of the tunnel at 60 meters underwater.

Construction of the tunnel started in November 2007, and the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong express rail link is scheduled to put into operation in 2012, which would slash travel time between Guangzhou and Hong Kong to 40 minutes from the current two hours.

The express is also expected to join with the country's express railway network and take passengers only eight hours from Hong Kong to Beijing.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english201...c_13774762.htm
First rail tunnel of China is the fastest in the world.. A nice coincidence for record books..
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Old March 12th, 2011, 11:27 PM   #1869
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Old March 13th, 2011, 12:03 AM   #1870
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Well, yes...
she says:


But that would be wonderful! Cause that would mean just opposite of what article claims to say - namely that CRH line (in this case Beijing-Tianjin) is, actually, profitable. Since interest payments are smaller than revenue.
Instead line should have been reversed and read something like this:

"annual revenues of hight-speed rail link between Beijing and nearby city of Tianjin; for example; will fall short of annual interest payments"

It could, naturally be considered a typo. Yet the very fact that it so easily slipped in is, imho, indicative of the preconceptions, or even pre-desired outcome shared by both author and editors - sort of subconscious need to find problems in anything and everything China does. Need that reaches almost epidemic scale in western mass media, often crossing border of banal disinformation. Disinformation nobody notices, cause nobody want to notice. The outcome is expected and desired and taken as is.

Truth is CRH lines do loose money, at least so far. But the volumes transported go up by12-15 % a year. In case trend will continue JingJin line (Beijing-Tianjin) will break even in a year or two. Besides this doesn't take into accout overall economic effect. Line trasposrts daily about 70 000 people. Moving these masses over road (say by buses) would completely clog BJ-TJ highway. And speed of the service virtually unites two cities.

Another fact that that article completely ignores is that this type of infrastructure is built with a focus on future development. And in itself may facilitate such a development. Central government makes a major effort in developing Tianjin into financial and high tech capital of Bohai rim and wider north China. So it is more then logical.
those who try to prove that the Jingjin ICL's financial situation is a mess often add the cost of Beijing South Station and Tianjin station upgrade project to the ICL's total cost. The thing is, Beijing South is not dedicated to this line only, it will be used for other HSRs such as Beijing-Shanghai HSR.

Another common mistake, which might not apply to the Jingjin ICL discussion but I've seen many times in the forum discussion of national railway financial analysis, is that when some people were analyzing how MOR is going to use its annual after-tax profit to pay the loan, they didn't realize that after-tax profit has already excluded the interest. Thus, they often count the interest payments twice, which naturally makes the financial status look much worse.
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Old March 13th, 2011, 08:23 AM   #1871
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This report is not accurate. Wuhan–Guangzhou line's Liuyanghe Tunnel has the same speed limit.
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Old March 13th, 2011, 08:57 AM   #1872
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Old March 16th, 2011, 06:14 PM   #1873
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Rail link to strengthen bonds with SE Asia
11 March 2011
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BEIJING - Construction of a railway linking China to mainland Southeast Asia through Laos is to begin next month, bringing China closer geographically and diplomatically with its trading partners, analysts said.

Laos' official KPL news agency said on Tuesday the 421-km railway is set to be completed in four years, running at 200 km per hour for passenger transportation and 120 km per hour for goods transportation.

China's Ministry of Railways did not confirm the report.

Chinese contractors will build the railway, with Laos providing the land for the project, linking Southwest China's Yunnan province with the Lao capital Vientiane, according to German press agency DPA.

The railway will turn Laos from being a landlocked nation to a regional land transport hub, as it would connect it with China and other ASEAN member countries including Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

"Building international thoroughfares connecting China, Southeast and South Asia has been an important policy for Yunnan province in recent years," Qin Guangrong, governor of Yunnan province, told China Daily.

According to the Yunnan provincial government, Yunnan's road, railway and water transportation infrastructure has reached China's borders with Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar.

Construction of four roads and four railways connecting Yunnan with Southeast and South Asian nations is currently underway, it said.

ASEAN economic ministers welcomed China's plan to expand its high-speed rail links with ASEAN member countries, as they believe such connectivity will boost trade and investment, a significant factor in narrowing the development gap, according to a report in the Vientiane Times newspaper.

The Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan signed an agreement with China in February for cooperation on construction of a high-speed rail link connecting its capital city of Astana and Almaty, the nation's business hub.

Chinese rail companies are also bidding for high-speed projects in the United States and Australia, and Argentina has also bought high-speed trains from China, according to the Financial Times.

China's high-speed rail companies have the advantage of building high-speed rails much more cheaply than their competitors.

China's "high-speed railway diplomacy" has attracted the world's attention, which is a natural result of China's leading technology in this field, said Zhang Shengjun, deputy dean of the Institute of Political Science and International Studies at Beijing Normal University.

"China can now cooperate with other countries in high-tech areas, which is big improvement from being a 'global factory'," Zhang said.

"It promotes China's pragmatic cooperation with others and opens a new area for China's diplomacy," Zhang added.

Guo Anfei and Xin Dingding contributed to this story.
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Old March 16th, 2011, 06:26 PM   #1874
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Cities, property developers poised to build on speedy links
9 March 2011
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The ambitious high-speed rail rollout on the mainland promises to be a boon for property developers, CB Richard Ellis executive director Andrew Ness says.

By 2020, the high-speed network was expected to reach 20,000 kilometres, connect more than 80 cities, serve half the country's population and reduce travel time by 60 per cent, Ness said.

"Some cities have major plans to regenerate areas around high-speed rail stations. A lot of money is going to be made by private property developers and local governments."

For example, Longhua district in Shenzhen was benefiting from the rail development, with Hong Kong developers building land banks there, he said. Longhua will be home to an interchange for the Shenzhen Metro Line 12, to be built by Hong Kong's MTR Corporation and due to open later this year. It is also slated to be a stop on the high-speed rail link to Guangzhou and a future high-speed link to Shanghai.

The district, which now has about 20,000 people, is planning 13.3 million square metres of new development to accommodate 240,000.

Shanghai, meanwhile, was developing 26 square kilometres of land around the Hongqiao transport hub, which contained an airport, a metro rail station and a high-speed rail station, Ness said. The Shanghai government had started selling land sites from that development, he said.

Last September, Hong Kong-listed Shui On Land acquired land next to the Hongqiao hub for 3.19 billion yuan (HK$3.69 billion), the company announced. That piece of land has a gross floor area of 233,140 square metres on which a mixed-use development with a net site area of 62,300 square metres will be built.

Recently, property developers had been creating land banks to build offices in Wuxi, a city in Jiangsu province that lay on the operational high-speed railway between Shanghai and Nanjing, Ness said. "Wuxi is now all of a sudden taking off. Being 40 minutes to Shanghai by high-speed railway, a business park in Wuxi is as viable as one in Shanghai."

Cities near large metropolitan areas such as Beijing and Guangzhou would serve as satellites as a result of the high-speed links, Ness added. He cited Langfang in Hebei province, connected to Beijing by a high-speed railway.

Another example is Foshan, linked to Guangzhou, 21 kilometres away, by a metro line and, in the future, an intercity rail line. "It has completely revolutionised Foshan," he said. "Quite a few Hong Kong property developers have massive land banks in Foshan."
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Old March 16th, 2011, 06:49 PM   #1875
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It is the middle of March. It should have been one hell of a show of record breaking.

oh well.
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This report is not accurate. Wuhan–Guangzhou line's Liuyanghe Tunnel has the same speed limit.
you are right. but maybe they think the Liuyanghe Tunnel has only a small section under Liuyanghe, and Shiziyang has a much larger area of water.
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Old March 18th, 2011, 01:15 PM   #1877
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Nice video by Zhang Yi-mou for CR

Official CR video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43yWh...eature=related

The quality is excellent and unlike the majority of videos, the music is complimentary.
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Old March 19th, 2011, 11:16 AM   #1878
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Hi all.
I know it's still a few months away, but has there been any info on ticket prices for the Beijing-Shanghai HSR yet?
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Old March 19th, 2011, 12:07 PM   #1879
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Chengdu East Railway Station is preparing...

Chengdu East Railway Station will server for

Chengdu-Chongqing line 308km 350km/h 2010-2014
Chengdu-Xi'an line 519km 250km/h+ 2010-2014
Chengdu-Guiyang line 520km 250km/h 2010-2015
Chengdu-Kunming line Planning
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Old March 19th, 2011, 02:37 PM   #1880
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^ The station is nice and grand, I like how they use the green pillars reminded me of those old bronze artifacts from the Xia dynasty. I like everything except the red Chinese words/characters on buildings as usual. Why must they use red all the time and why must they put it on top of the building its so ugly. They could of simply put smaller Chinese characters in dark grey or green matching the pillar on the white front roof area.
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