China’s high-speed trains, running 250 km/h (155 mph) and above, is going to upscale its speed on September 21 to 350 km/h (217 mph), topping the world’s fast train service. The seven pairs of the new Fuxing (Rejuvenation) bullet trains will soar along the route between Beijing and Shanghai, shortening the travel time from nearly 5 hours to 4 hours and a half.
The latest Fuxing train was launched in June with a top speed of 400 km/h (248 mph), serving between Beijing and Shanghai at a speed of merely 300 km/h so far. In the future, China plans to mass produce the China-made Fuxing trains to replace the outdated last generation Hexie (Harmony) trains.
With over 22,000 kilometers (13,670 miles) of high-speed rails, China has built the world’s largest high-speed railway network since 2004 and planned to add another 10,000 kilometers (6,214 miles) by 2020. The rapid growth was halted after the devastating train crash in Wenzhou in 2011, killing 40 people. The speed was nailed down to 300 km/h from 350 km/h ever since but finally brought back to 350 km/h after 6 years.