We wanted to share this picture with you. It was taken at Hongquaio Station in Shanghai as we started our travels through south east China.
We hope the vastness comes across, but you need to know the station was even bigger, all the ticket offices with long queues are out of shot, so of course are all the platforms. This scale says so much about China’s new railway system. Over the past 10 years, China has constructed a staggering 22,000 kilometres (14,000 miles) of high-speed railway track, that’s two-thirds of the world’s total. A commitment to building long term public infrastructure that western politicians, with their short-term job security, can only dream about.
Travelling at a top speed of 250 km/h, our high-speed train to Suzhou covered the 80km in around 25 minutes. Tickets cost us £5 each.