10.08.2014 - 13.08.2014 30 °C
It sounds a bit naff but one of my favourite things about China was the trains, at least as I experienced them. Not so much the stations. There were security checks on bags for every single train and underground station. As if the queues weren't long enough already.
The T-series (middle-tier) train from Nanning to Beijing had cleared the city, passed through a couple of hills and valleys of varied crops before any other train I've been on would have got out of the suburbs. The terrain in Southern China was an extension of that further south - myriad hills and valleys. One thing that struck me was the number of tracks in China - it was common to pass under or over bridges of other tracks going in different directions. The carriages themselves joined seamlessly with one another with little indication of rattling over the tracks even though the speed was probably 130-140 km/hr.
One of my days in Beijing was a bit dreary weather-wise so I took the fast train to the nearby city of Tianjin - 120km to the south. We had a stop on the way out so took a bit longer - 38 minutes. The return was non-stop. Platform to platform in 23 minutes. Top cruising speed of 290km/hr.