Chinese Bullets

22 01 2015

China has a vast network of trains that connect cities and people together. The following are a few of the options you can choose when traveling:

D-train: This is a bullet train [shown above], or “Dong che” (pronouced “dong-chuh”), which rides at speeds over 100 miles/hr. Usually a ticket to Hangzhou (ShaoXing’s sister city) will cost around 30¥, or approx. $5 for a 20 minute ride. To give some perspective, a bus or car ride to Hangzhou would take about an hour for almost the same price.

G-train: Named “Gao tie” (pronounced “gah-ow-tee-eh”), this is also a high-speed rail, and the fastest that China offers.

Interior of a G-Train Photo Credit

Interior of a G-Train
Photo Credit

 

K-Trains are not as new and usually remain above ground, traveling at slower speeds.

K-Trains are not as new and usually remain above ground, traveling at slower speeds.

K-trains: These are older trains that are the slowest, cheapest, not incredibly comfortable, and often run overnight. They have “hard seats” (a normal seat) and “sleepers” (beds).

Hard seats on a K-Train.

Hard seats on a K-Train.