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Old November 7th, 2008, 11:53 AM   #1001
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Old November 8th, 2008, 12:34 AM   #1002
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Old November 8th, 2008, 04:16 PM   #1003
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Does anybody know how much it costs to go from Beijing to Xi'an? I went on a school trip and I think we were in 2nd class sleepers, 4 bunks per room. I'd like to do the journey again when I graduate.
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Old November 9th, 2008, 08:44 AM   #1004
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Old November 9th, 2008, 11:53 AM   #1005
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Work on Tianjin-Baoding railway to start in 2009

2008-11-09

TIANJIN -- Work will start in the first half of 2009 on a high-speed railway connecting Tianjin, a port city on the Bohai Sea, and Baoding, a city in central Hebei Province, it was announced at a meeting here on Saturday.

The meeting, in the Binhai New Area, was attended by officials from the Ministry of Railways, Tianjin Municipality and Hebei Province.
The line will be 145 km long, with trains running up to 250 km per hour,according to the Ministry of Railways. The link will cost 24 billion yuan (about $3.52 billion), but no detailed financial plans are yet available.

There is no rail link at present, only a freeway. The line will create a route linking Tianjin, the largest port city in north China, and the vast central and western areas of China, said a ministry official.

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Old November 10th, 2008, 04:42 AM   #1006
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Does anybody know how much it costs to go from Beijing to Xi'an? I went on a school trip and I think we were in 2nd class sleepers, 4 bunks per room. I'd like to do the journey again when I graduate.
According to www.huochepiao.com, a seat is 150, "hard sleeper" (6 bunks per room) is 265, and "soft sleeper" (4 bunks per room) is 400 to 417 RMB.
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Old November 11th, 2008, 05:58 AM   #1007
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China starts construction of Nanning-Guangzhou high-speed rail line

2008-11-09 12:47:34 GMT2008-11-09 20:47:34 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English
NANNING, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- Work began on Sunday on a high-speed rail link between Nanning and Guangzhou that will cut travel time between the two south China cities from almost 13 hours to three.

A ceremony was held in Wuzhou, a city in southwestern Guangxi, to mark the commencement on Sunday. Present at the function were local government authorities of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Guangdong Province, as well as Liu Zhijun, Minister of Railways.

The link will be 577.1 km long, of which 61 percent will be in Guangxi, and allow trains to run up to 200 km per hour. It will be completed in an estimated 54 months and cost about 41 billion yuan(about 6 billion U.S. dollars), according Chen Boshi, chief of Nanning Railways Administration.

The cost will be shared by the Ministry of Railways, Guangdong Province and Guangxi, said Chen.

Guangdong Province Governor Huang Huahua said he hoped the link would advance the goal of a Pan-Pearl River Delta and help connect southeast China to members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Liu said the project was significant, as it came amid the world financial crisis and thus would help boost domestic demand.

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Old November 11th, 2008, 09:45 AM   #1008
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China starts construction of Nanning-Guangzhou high-speed rail line

Liu said the project was significant, as it came amid the world financial crisis and thus would help boost domestic demand.

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I had a feeling this was the case. With some factories closing and people losing jobs over slackening global demand, China will probably be starting up quite a few public works projects. Let's just hope the economy doesn't agitate people to the point where they resist and protest the government e.g. refuse to give up land to eminent domain for railroad right of way.
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Old November 12th, 2008, 07:20 PM   #1009
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Does anyone have a map or list of the railways being constructed or planned?
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Old November 13th, 2008, 12:27 PM   #1010
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Great news to rail business, "The Chinese government says it will spend more than $500-billion usd on railway investment in the next three years".

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Chinese package a boon for rail projects
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November 13, 2008

BEIJING -- China's announcement of a massive $586-billion (U.S.) stimulus package is "very good news" for Bombardier Inc., offering the prospect of more aggressive Chinese investment in the types of railway projects where the company has emerged as a top supplier, a Bombardier executive says.

In the wake of the stimulus announcement, China has also unveiled an expanded plan for railway construction in the near future.

The Chinese government says it will spend more than $500-billion on railway investment in the next three years, creating millions of new jobs, according to state media reports.

"It's a very good number," said Jianwei Zhang, president of Bombardier's operations in China, in an interview yesterday. "This is good news for sure. Bombardier is well-positioned in the Chinese market. We have production capacity, credibility and good relations with the Chinese government."

Beijing's stimulus package has been criticized for failing to help Chinese domestic consumers. Most of the investment is aimed at traditional infrastructure projects such as railways, airports, roads and housing. But while it might fail to generate new consumer spending, it could be a windfall for companies such as Montreal-based Bombardier.

So far there are few details on how much of the planned spending is new money and how much is a reshuffle of already announced spending. But it seems clear that Beijing will be boosting its spending significantly on high-speed intercity railways and urban mass-transit projects - both of which have produced dozens of contracts for Bombardier in recent years.

Bombardier and its China-based joint-venture company have won $6.9-billion in Chinese railway contracts over the past three years, and more are in the pipeline, Mr. Zhang says. "I'm in intensive negotiations in parallel for several contracts now," he said. "I hope we will sign more railway and urban-transit contracts in China in the coming weeks or months."

Several of the upcoming projects are high-speed trains to connect some of China's biggest cities, including a much-discussed $26-billion plan to connect Beijing and Shanghai with trains running at speeds of up to 350 kilometres an hour. This project is a major element in the new stimulus package that China announced last weekend.

The Chinese government's investment plans are a ray of optimism for Bombardier, whose shares have been badly hit since the global financial crisis began. Its share price has fallen to barely half of its September peak, mainly because of worries that its business-jet orders will be hurt by the financial crisis.

The Chinese government says it will create six million new jobs by investing $87-billion in railway projects next year. It also plans to invest a similar amount in urban mass-transit projects, where Bombardier has traditionally been a top supplier of rail cars and other equipment. Bombardier has already sold about 1,300 metro cars in China and it is currently tracking about 200 possible transit contracts in 37 cities across China, Mr. Zhang said.

Bombardier's most visible transit project in China is the high-speed line between Beijing and its international airport, which opened in time for the Beijing Olympics this summer. Bombardier won a $68-million contract to provide train cars for the airport line. The performance of its train equipment during the Olympics was "better than we promised," Mr. Zhang said. "The customer is very happy with it."

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Old November 13th, 2008, 09:06 PM   #1011
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Great news to rail business, "The Chinese government says it will spend more than $500-billion usd on railway investment in the next three years".
I don't know where Bombardier website got their news from but it does not make sense to use $500 billions out of the $586 package just railways unless they are talking about something else. I know there is another budget set for railways construction about $300 billions that was approved a few weeks ago, but that figure is nowhere near $500 billions.
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Old November 14th, 2008, 03:32 AM   #1012
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this can also be found on Chinese news site like sina.com,

未来3年我国将投资3.5万亿兴建铁路 China to invest 3.5 trillion yuan in 3 years on railways

I think part of $500 bln is coming from stimulus package and part of it is exisitng investment plan.
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Old November 16th, 2008, 11:32 PM   #1013
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Subway tunnel under construction collapses in Hangzhou, China
2008/11/16 AFP

BEIJING, Sun.:

Three people have been confirmed dead in China after a subway tunnel collapsed and the survival chances for 17 others still missing is slim, state media said today.

The accident happened yesterday in the east Chinese city of Hangzhou, trapping construction workers underground while the tunnel was swiftly flooded with water from a nearby river, the Xinhua news agency reported.

“There is (only) a slim chance of the survival of the trapped workers because of heavy flooding in the crater,” Wang Guangrong, a spokesman for the local government, told Xinhua.

The tunnel was still under construction. Altogether 75 metres of the tunnel collapsed, creating a huge crater that trapped 11 vehicles, including at least one bus.

So far, rescue workers had pulled out all the vehicles and brought the drivers and passengers to safety, according to Xinhua.
It said that 19 people had been brought to treatment at local hospitals.

The water level inside the tunnel initially reached six metres, but workers had been pumping out water throughout the night and by early today, it had been reduced to three metres, the agency said.

Hangzhou started construction of a major subway network in March last year. - AFP
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Old November 17th, 2008, 03:12 PM   #1014
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Construction starts on new suburban rail line in Beijing
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Old November 18th, 2008, 05:57 PM   #1015
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Old November 18th, 2008, 10:02 PM   #1016
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Rail investment up 61% in Jan-Oct

2008-11-18


China's fixed asset investment for railways climbed 61.1 percent year on year to 255.6 billion yuan ($37.42 billion) in the first ten months of this year, according to a report by the Ministry of Railways last Friday. Investment for railway infrastructure construction amounted to 208.4 billion yuan, up 81.3 percent year on year.


The government has cleared a 4 trillion-yuan investment package lasting until 2010 to spur domestic demand and boost the slowing economy. In accordance with the stimulus package, the ministry plans to increase railway infrastructure investment to 350 billion yuan this year from 300 billion yuan previously, said a ministry official. The amount is expected to reach 600 billion yuan by 2009.


The country's railway system moved 1.25 billion passengers and 2.8 billion tons of cargo during the January and October period, the report said.


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Old November 20th, 2008, 07:08 AM   #1017
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Old November 20th, 2008, 05:48 PM   #1018
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ADB extends 300 mln usd loan for 8.6 bln usd rail project in west China
18 November 2008

BEIJING (XFN-ASIA) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said it is extending a 300 mln usd loan for an 820-kilometer railway line in west China, linking Lanzhou in Gansu province with Chongqing in the southwest. The total cost of building the railway line is estimated at 8.6 bln usd, the ADB said in a statement. ADB's 27-year loan is its largest loan to China this year. China Construction Bank and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China will jointly provide four bln usd in loans, while China's Ministry of Railways (MOR) and the provincial governments of Gansu, Sichuan and Chongqing will invest 4.3 bln usd as equity, with the MOR contributing 55 pct. Over 30 railway stations will be built along the new route. The proposed railway is part of China's strategy to expand infrastructure and stimulate growth in underdeveloped interior regions of the country.

A joint venture company has been set up by MOR and the governments of Gansu, Sichuan and Chongqing to build, operate and manage the railway, the statement said, adding that the new company will outsource a wide range of services to the private sector and seek strategic and private investors. Separately, the ADB said it is providing a grant of up to 20 mln usd to upgrade a 39-kilometer section of the Bishkek-Torugart road, which links the Kyrgyz Republic with China and other central Asian countries.
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Old November 21st, 2008, 07:00 AM   #1019
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ADB extends 300 mln usd loan for 8.6 bln usd rail project in west China
18 November 2008

BEIJING (XFN-ASIA) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said it is extending a 300 mln usd loan for an 820-kilometer railway line in west China, linking Lanzhou in Gansu province with Chongqing in the southwest. The total cost of building the railway line is estimated at 8.6 bln usd, the ADB said in a statement. ADB's 27-year loan is its largest loan to China this year. China Construction Bank and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China will jointly provide four bln usd in loans, while China's Ministry of Railways (MOR) and the provincial governments of Gansu, Sichuan and Chongqing will invest 4.3 bln usd as equity, with the MOR contributing 55 pct. Over 30 railway stations will be built along the new route. The proposed railway is part of China's strategy to expand infrastructure and stimulate growth in underdeveloped interior regions of the country.

A joint venture company has been set up by MOR and the governments of Gansu, Sichuan and Chongqing to build, operate and manage the railway, the statement said, adding that the new company will outsource a wide range of services to the private sector and seek strategic and private investors. Separately, the ADB said it is providing a grant of up to 20 mln usd to upgrade a 39-kilometer section of the Bishkek-Torugart road, which links the Kyrgyz Republic with China and other central Asian countries.
8.6 billion USD? Isn't that more costly than even the Qinghai-Tibet Railway? It's also over a shorter length; is the terrain that terrible?
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Old November 21st, 2008, 07:40 AM   #1020
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Most of the 820 km are moutainous areas. Plus the cost to build a rail is moe expensive now than 5 years ago.

i.e. the building of 1km subway costs Beijing about 100 mln yuan in year 2000 but costs 800 mln now.
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