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Shanghai Maglev trains are currently the fastest trains commercially operated in the world, with a top commercial speed of 431 kph (268 mph) and a top non-commercial speed of 501 kph (311 mph).
China's Beijing–Shanghai HSR holds the record for the fastest unmodified electric wheeled train, at a highest speed of 487 kph (303 mph), set in 2010 while not in commercial use.
The following are the top 10 fastest train trips in China, i.e. the fastest trains by average trip speed.
This railway line has a north–south trend. Departing from Beijing, you will cross the two longest rivers in China — the Yellow River and the Yangtze River — then arrive in Shanghai.
Beijing attractions: the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Beijing National Stadium (also known as the Bird's Nest)
Shanghai attractions: ancient water towns, traditional gardens, the highest building in China (Shanghai Tower)
This train route is part of the longest high-speed railway network in the world. The Shenzhen to Hong Kong section is not open yet. It connects North China, Central China, and South China so the landscapes on the way change every hour.
Although 8 hours on a train is quite a long time, it's a good choice to save money on your China trip. It's also a special experience to take a train traveling more than 2,200 km (1,367 mi) in distance.
Shenzhen attractions: Window of the World, the second highest building in China (Ping An Finance Center)
Shanghai and Nanjing are two neighboring cities, and the journey duration is about 1 hour. Hangzhou and Suzhou are also within the 1-hour high-speed train route network. You can travel between these four cities conveniently.
Nanjing attractions: the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, Nanjing City Wall (with a history of over 600 years)
This train mostly goes through hilly landscapes and the main feature of this train route is that there are many bridges.
Wuhan attractions: Yellow Crane Tower, Hubu Alley, East Lake Park
Guangzhou attractions : Canton Tower (the highest TV tower), Chimelong Safari Park, Baiyun Mountain Park
This is the first high-speed railway line in Northeast China. It's convenient for passengers (from Japan and Korea) who are taking an international cruise at Dalian Port.
Harbin attractions: Ice and Snow World, Yabuli Skiing Center, Saint Sophia Cathedral
Dalian attractions: Tiger Beach, Xinghai Square (the biggest square in the world), Binhai Road (a beautiful seaside road)
Guangzhou–Shenzhen railway line connects these two popular cities in South China. These two cities also have convenient train and bus routes to Hong Kong.
As the length of the Shanghai Maglev track is only 30 kilometers, the average speed of Shanghai Maglev trains is only 230 kph (143 mph). It's very convenient for passengers who need to catch a flight to Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
As the first magnetically levitated train service in the world, these trains don't have wheels! The construction began on March 1, 2001, and it was in service on January 4, 2003.
This railway connects Central China and West China. It's also part of the west–east route connecting East China and Northwest China.
Zhengzhou attractions: the Yellow River Park, Shaolin Kung Fu Temple, Zhengzhou Forest Park
Xi'an attractions: the Terracotta Army, Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter
This high-speed railway is very popular for travelers in winter. People go to Harbin to enjoy the ice and snow world attraction, skiing, and the ice sculpture festival.
This train route is very convenient for travelers taking an international cruise at Tianjin Port. Compared to a bus journey, which takes about 2½ hours, a high-speed train is much more convenient.
If you want to enjoy a Shanghai tour and China's high-speed trains, please see the following tours for inspiration:
If you want to experience the Shanghai Maglev Train and adjust the itinerary, we can tailor-make it for you. We can help you arrange your tour according to your interests and requirements.