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Transrapid in Shanghai

For a business meeting in Nanjing on Monday, the travel agency felt the most economical way to travel would be to leave Toronto on Thursday and eventually reach Nanjing via Vancouver, Shanghai and then a local train to Nanjing.

After a lengthy flight from Vancouver and a lengthy experience at Chinese immigration (very friendly, also quickly processed, just the waiting time was crazy), we were to head from the airport to Shanghai train station.

We could either have taken a cab, a bus, the metro OR:

The Maglev High-Speed Train connecting Shanghai airport to…

Nothing, really…

It runs along a 30km track to the suburbs of Pudong, from where you can either take a cab, a bus, or the metro to Shanghai train station. So pretty much the same options you had before going sub-sonic…

A maglev leaves every 15 minutes and takes about 8 minutes or less to complete the journey. They state top speeds of around 431 km/h (depending on time of day), and it costs about 50 Yuan for a single trip ticket. It is fun to look out the window and then check your speed on the ticker:

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As you can see, I feel like I didn’t get the full value of the ticket given the 1 km/h lower-than-max-speed we saw. To be fair, 431 did flash up briefly, but not long enough to take a picture…

I rate this as an experience well worth having (50 Yuan is about $8).

 

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