Shanghai Express! Onboard China’s Fastest Train.
After spending almost a week in Beijing, it was time to pack my bags again and move on. I decided that the best way to get from Beijing to Shanghai was to get on board China’s fastest train- the CRH (China Railway High-speed). Pro-tip: Get the best seat and book Business class. Yes, First class is a step-down from Business, so if you want the best experience, book the latter. It’s so worth it!
Speeding at about 300 km/h; Once a 10- hour train ride is now cut to just below 50%! That’s about 4 hours and 48 minutes to be precise.
The most exciting part for me about this trip was seeing the rural/country of side of China. Maybe it was just the railway connection route, but I definitely did NOT see any rural-ness throughout the journey. China is definitely a country that can’t stop from developing and expanding.
It was quite surprising, quite bizarre even, to see high rise buildings and/or factories randomly built in the middle of nowhere (like really tall buildings surrounded by farmlands. It’s virtually a mind f**k.) Many resembled that of a post-apocalyptic scene. Buildings looked bare, uninhabited, and unfinished. Adding to the gloomy effect was the pervading smog, which blanketed every town and city in China.
All in all, my Shanghai Express was a great experience. I thought I was going to see a remote and traditional countryside of China. Instead, I saw a different and strange scenes of the city’s extension that stretched from miles and miles away. But I thought it was charming and absolutely intriguing- the strangeness of it all. And I kinda liked it.
(Lanvin sunglasses, Kenzo Sweatshirt, Ice Tree Coat from 798 Art District Beijing, Ralph Lauren Jeans)
And less than five hours later- I arrived in Shanghai!
x War Julian x