LensToLens | How China's high-speed trains enhance travel experience in Indonesia-Xinhua
LensToLens | How China's high-speed trains enhance travel experience in Indonesia
BEIJING, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- In 2008, the year China hosted the Summer Olympic Games, the Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway was put into operation, unveiling a fast-expanding modern high-speed railway (HSR) network in the world's second-largest economy.
As the first HSR system with a designed speed of 350 kilometers per hour in China, the Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway carried a total of 340 million passengers since it entered operation. Nowadays, it takes just 30 minutes for passengers to travel a distance of some 120 kilometers between Beijing and Tianjin, both bustling megacities.
The operation of the Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway was strong support for the hosting of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and has accelerated regional integration and development. It has also unveiled a fast-expanding modern HSR network in the world's most populous nation, coupled with its booming economy.
China, originally a latecomer to modern transport, now has the world's largest high-speed railway network. By the end of November 2023, the total operation mileage of China's railway network exceeded 155,500 kilometers, including 43,700 kilometers of high-speed railways.
China's high-speed railway has also gone global. The Jakarta-Bandung High-speed Railway in Indonesia, officially launched in October 2023, is a good example. It is the first overseas high-speed railway project fully utilizing Chinese railway systems, technology, and industrial components.
The Jakarta-Bandung High-speed Railway links Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, and Bandung, a famous tourist city.
With a designed speed of 350 kilometers per hour, the 142.3-km line shortens the train trip between Jakarta and Bandung from more than three hours to about 40 minutes, offering more options for travelers, commuters, and families living apart.
The high-speed line is a flagship project that synergizes the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and Indonesia's Global Maritime Fulcrum strategy, and also a signature project of pragmatic cooperation between China and Indonesia.
The Jakarta-Bandung HSR marked its 100th day of operation on Jan. 24 with a total of 1.45 million passengers transported. In the upcoming Spring Festival holiday, the railway will continue to give passengers a fast, smooth and enjoyable experience along their journey.
Both the Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway and the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway have changed the commute circle and lifestyles of people and greatly optimized resource allocation, bringing new opportunities for cities and people along the route to accelerate towards a better life.
Directors: Wang Jianhua, Zhang Chongfang, Tu Ming & Wu Liming
Coordinators: Wu Wei, Zhang Weige, Wang Qingqin & Xing Guangli
Photographers: Zhang Chenlin, Xu Qin, Li Ran, Xing Guangli, Wang Yebiao, Gong Lei, Ju Huanzong, Yuan Ruilun & Yang Baosen
Editors: Niu Xiaolei, Li Mangmang, Liu Lingyi, Zheng Huansong & Geng Xinning■