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Old March 15th, 2012, 04:35 PM   #541
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I thought it costed more than 75 for a second class seat from Lo Wu to GZ East?
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Old March 16th, 2012, 08:01 AM   #542
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I thought it costed more than 75 for a second class seat from Lo Wu to GZ East?

A single one-way ticket from Luohu to GZ East is currently 80 RMB.
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 09:12 AM   #543
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Taken today (March 22) by me

The last two days they were working on site with a jackhammer to prepare the area around the gate which you can see on the second picture. Plus they added another layer on the sand and prepared it with the roller.

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Old March 22nd, 2012, 10:36 AM   #544
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Really look forward to this line! Look forward to do photography in China now and then.

Is there any news on the schedule. Will there be night trains?
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 10:57 AM   #545
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High-speed train schedule unveiled

The schedule for the currently existing line from Shenzhen North Station to Wuhan was published on Tuesday:

TEN pairs of high-speed trains will run from Shenzhen to Wuhan between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily starting April 1, according to a schedule released online Tuesday by Wuhan Bureau of Railways.
The fastest of the high-speed trains will make the 1,069-kilometer trip in four hours and 13 minutes.
The earliest train, G1012, will leave Shenzhen at 7 a.m. and arrive in Wuhan at 11:40 a.m. The final train will leave Shenzhen at 6:01 p.m. and arrive in Wuhan at 10:48 p.m.
Trains will leave Shenzhen at intervals of 30 to 90 minutes. All the trains from Shenzhen to Wuhan will stop at Guangzhou and Changsha, the capitals of Guangdong and Hunan provinces, respectively.
The Changsha stop will last three to five minutes, while the Guangzhou stop could last up to 11 minutes.
Some trains will have stops of only two minutes at other stations. The G1020 train, for example, will leave Shenzhen at 2:20 p.m. and stop at nine stations.
The Wuhan bureau didn’t reveal fares for the high-speed trip, but some insiders estimate a typical fare could be 540 yuan, or 0.44 yuan per kilometer.
The current fare for an economy seat on the 102-kilometer trip between Shenzhen and Guangzhou is 75 yuan (US$12), or 0.74 yuan per kilometer.
The new high-speed trains’ potential lure of travelers has caused some airlines to reduce flights from Shenzhen to Changsha and Wuhan in their summer-winter schedules.
In the China Eastern Airlines schedule that takes effect March 25, the airline canceled flight MU2364 to Wuhan. China Southern is canceling two flights to Changsha.
Travel experts say the high-speed rail won’t present a big challenge to the aviation industry, although the punctuality and comfort of high-speed trains are attracting travelers.
Another 10 pairs of high-speed trains will also start to run daily from Shenzhen to Changsha.(Richard Han)

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Old March 22nd, 2012, 05:34 PM   #546
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That's a very affordable price for such a long distance!
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 04:16 AM   #547
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SZ to Wuhan: 540 yuan

CHINA’S railway authorities’ official Web site, www.12306.cn, started selling tickets for high-speed trains between Shenzhen and Wuhan on Wednesday, 12 days ahead of the new line’s opening.
An economy seat from Shenzhen to Wuhan costs 540 yuan (US$86), as insiders predicted earlier this week. An economy seat to Changsha costs 390 yuan. A first-class seat from Shenzhen to Wuhan costs 840 yuan.
Shenzhen North Railway Station and outlets will start ticket sales Sunday.
“I feel lucky because I can go home to Changsha for the Qingming Festival,” a government employee surnamed Huang said after buying a ticket for an April 1 train.
The high-speed trains are expected to carry 530,000 passengers between April 1 and 4 for the Qingming Festival.
“The fare is expensive, but acceptable and much cheaper than airfare,” Huang said.
Airfare to Wuhan on April 1 costs about 800 yuan after a promotional discount. But if the airport construction fee and fuel surcharge are included, the cost reaches 1,000 yuan, nearly double the train fare.
The opening of the daily high-speed trains, which include 48 pairs between Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Changsha and Wuhan, is expected to greatly stimulate tourism along the line.
Meanwhile, Guangzhou Railway Group is planning to increase its number of regular trains to meet the growing demand. (Han Ximin)

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Old March 23rd, 2012, 11:04 AM   #548
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Is business class limited to Beijing-Shanghai?
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Old March 24th, 2012, 09:21 PM   #549
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Old March 28th, 2012, 06:18 PM   #550
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Is business class limited to Beijing-Shanghai?
No. I've ridden on 1st class between Shenzhen and Guangzhou.
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Old April 4th, 2012, 07:40 PM   #551
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No. I've ridden on 1st class between Shenzhen and Guangzhou.
Do you mean 1st class as the higher of 2 classes in total, normally 4 abreast while 2nd class is 5 abreast, or 1st class as the middle of 3 in total?
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Old April 10th, 2012, 03:42 PM   #552
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Do you mean 1st class as the higher of 2 classes in total, normally 4 abreast while 2nd class is 5 abreast, or 1st class as the middle of 3 in total?
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Old April 11th, 2012, 07:36 AM   #553
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The price of commuting far distances in China reminds me of the 80s and the high prices in aviation in Europe when most airliners were state owned.

Nowadays you can find promo flights from London to Barcelona and Pisa for 11 pounds with Ryanair (+6 pounds in fees). That is over 1150km to each of the cities. I believe that is about 150rmb. It is interresting to see asians thinking 500rmb for the same distance is cheap. In europe even high cost airliners have prices at that range on those distances. Things have truely changed!

I guess it is a result of airport construction not going fast enough. As soon as china gears up its airport construction we will probably see a huge growth in passenger volume as the prices will fall accordingly. Not sure I would bet on large state owned carriers leading teh pack at that point though. Change comes slow to those normally.

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Old April 11th, 2012, 01:25 PM   #554
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It has little to do with airport construction. There are plenty of mammoth airport construction projects happening throughout China. The problem is with airspace. The government places heavy restrictions on airspace for military reasons, and corridors can disappear from civilian use readily, even during peak travel periods. Unless that problem is solved, getting all the hardware ready and open will not solve the congestion problem.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 10:47 PM   #555
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The last two days they were working on site with a jackhammer to prepare the area around the gate which you can see on the second picture. Plus they added another layer on the sand and prepared it with the roller.

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What is that structure for that looks like a freeway bridge? I feel like this has probably been asked before.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 08:11 AM   #556
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What is that structure for that looks like a freeway bridge? I feel like this has probably been asked before.
It is a road bridge. YiTian Road, going south to north. They had to demolished this one before to be able to work on the HK-SZ-GZ express rail link.
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Thanks for the explanation.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 04:59 AM   #558
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China's locomotive giant secures order from Hong Kong

BEIJING, April 17 (Xinhua) -- China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Corporation Ltd. (CSR) announced Tuesday that it has secured a 1.36-billion-yuan order (216.2 million U.S. dollars) from Hong Kong, for the provision of high-speed trains.

The CSR will supply high-speed trains to Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway (MTR) for the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link which is expected to enter service in 2015, said a CSR statement.

The awarding of this contract marks the first time the Chinese mainland will deliver its high-speed trains to Hong Kong.

Based on CSR's CRH380A model, the trains will be customized according to MTR requirements, the CSR said.

Each train will have eight compartments and can run at a maximum of 380 kilometers per hour.

Delivery of the first train is expected for 2013.
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Old May 28th, 2012, 03:57 AM   #559
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FUTIAN Station and the Guangdong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed rail will be completed within the year, authorities said.

Futian Station, at the intersection of Yitian Road and Shennan Boulevard with three stories underground, will be the only underground railway station in a central business district, or CBD, on the Chinese mainland.

The 2,412-km high-speed rail line starts in Guangzhou and ends in West Kowloon in Hong Kong. The 26-km Hong Kong section will be finished by 2015.
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Old May 28th, 2012, 04:48 AM   #560
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The 2,412-km high-speed rail line starts in Guangzhou and ends in West Kowloon in Hong Kong
lol, 2412 km to get from Guangzhou tot Hong Kong... I wonder what route they take... through vietnam?
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