[re-post] During the past month, MovingCities went twice to Nanjing, once by train, once by bus. Once to meet up with Chinese architect Zhang Lei 张雷 – the interview with him will be published in June/July issue of MARK Magazine -, once to present at the Think Green Global Forum. Snapshots while speeding, from East to West, from Shanghai to Nanjing, at 200 km/h through the Yangtze River Delta.
Of all modes of mobility one can use to cruise through and over China, the CRH (China Railway High-speed) is most likely the fastest, most convenient and easiest. It was only in 2004 that China decided to establish a high-speed railway (HSR) network. By 2009, China had the longest HSR network in the world, 6 500 km with train speeds of 200 – 350 km/h. At present, another 30,000 km are under construction. During a trial operation on the Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed railway, on December 9 2009, a maximum speed of 394.2 km per hour was reached [see ‘China’s rail development on faster track‘].
Similar to the way we trained through China’s urban and rural landscape in September 2009 from Beijing to Zibo, the CRH-experience is a continuous blending of buildings, construction sites, agricultural fields, industrial factories, highways, highrises,… in short, everything one think of happens along these railway lines. Quoting ourselves:
There is a continuous disappearance of architecture, the temporal expedition to mutating cities, along places where all stages of urban development can be seen in the span of a couple of hours.
New evidence, new speeding snapshots.
Pictures by movingcities.org