Off to Changsha and Beyond…

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in China, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hu'nan, Trains, Travel, Yunnan | No Comments
Off to Changsha and Beyond…

Even when I’m doing the documentary around all railway stations across China, I return home pretty much every night. However, tonight, the journey my end is accompanied by a fair bit of video gear, plus microphones (which I don’t use except for doing livecasts), and the sound of a train happily chugging away to Southern Central China. That’s right: I’m off to visit around 20 stations — and the journey will start off from Changsha, where I’ll also get to visit Changsha’s newest railway station, Changsha West. (Tracy is off to a culture programme, which is why for the next two weeks, we’ll be in different parts of the country.)

The trip my end will be semi-live in the form of tweets, the occasional Periscope livestreaming session, and a fair bit more.

Shanghai’s Very New High Speed Link to Yunnan

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Guizhou, Opening of New Lines, Trains, Yunnan | No Comments
Shanghai’s Very New High Speed Link to Yunnan

Lucky Yunnan! They’re officially part of the Chinese national HSR network as of today, with the opening in full of the Shanghai-Kunming HSR, including the just-opened-part between Kunmingnan (Kunming South) and Guiyangbei (Guiyang North) termini.

Of course Twitter was all abuzz with this… With me just recently verified on the service, how can you not expect this to be big news? For a part of the country “starved” of any fast, reliable rail service, the opening of the Shanghai-Kunming HSR seemed to be the news of the day.

Except for it wasn’t. In addition to getting the new HSR to Guiyang and Shanghai opened, there were two other express routes opened today — a new line to Guangxi (terminating ultimately in Nanning) and a short sprinter service to Yuxi. I’ll have to try both of these another day.