Why China Is so Good at Building Railways

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[1] www.economist.com/china/2017/01/13/china-has-built-the-worlds-largest-bullet-train-network
[2] datahelpdesk.worldbank.org/knowledgebase/articles/906519-world-bank-country-and-lending-groups
[3] documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/451551468241176543/pdf/932270BRI0Box30ffic020140final000EN.pdf
[4] www.oag.com/on-time-performance-star-ratings-2018
[5] www.export.gov/article?id=China-Aviation
[6] translate.google.com.au/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fpolitics.people.com.cn%2FGB%2F14562%2F10317457.html&edit-text=&act=url
[7] www.ft.com/content/ca28f58a-955d-11e8-b747-fb1e803ee64e
[8] www.hsr.ca.gov/docs/about/business_plans/Draft_2018_Business_Plan.pdf
[9] openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/25483/892000BRI0Box3000china0transport09.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
[10] www.researchgate.net/profile/Ralf_Wilhelms/publication/280924889_Social_Benefits_As_Part_In_The_Economic_Evaluation_Of_High_Speed_Rail/links/55cb933508aebc967dfe1a03/Social-Benefits-As-Part-In-The-Economic-Evaluation-Of-High-Speed-Rail.pdf
[11] www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/05/c_137158303.htm
[12] www.economist.com/china/2017/01/13/china-has-built-the-worlds-largest-bullet-train-network
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Sound by Graham Haerther (www.Haerther.net)
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billy kobilca
billy kobilca 7 hours ago
China's not rich????
TONG Z 15 hours ago
首先博主你的一些简介是错误的,不要误导别人,新疆没有所谓的少数民族集中营,也没有在教育基地,你不要信口雌黄,你不懂政治不要在这抹黑中国,you are lose
Norman Ingrassia
Norman Ingrassia 22 hours ago
Maybe because the Germans thought them how to do it when the west had already thousands of kilomètres of railways and China barely dusty villages?
L Day ago
Every day China has the newest infrastructure what built very quickly and cheaply, without much care for safety or quality often involve corrupt business people or officials. The most second generation of officials launched constructions companies to take these construction project, some the companies might disappear after finish these infrastructures, cause there is a lot of damage issue in these highways or bridges in the future years.
Jie Yao
Jie Yao 14 hours ago
give proof,and post on web. or your mouth is like asshole.
Danny Barcenas
That's German Siemens Technology in Action
Night Rider
Night Rider Day ago
maybe they just get on with things ?
El Psy
El Psy Day ago
>Political will. Ahem. Yes. Nice way of putting it. Also when they make a decision. Nobody gets to disagree with it...
Jun Abejo
Jun Abejo Day ago
The US carmaker and airline cartels are making life difficult for builders of hi-speed railways in California. US federal gov’t should intervene to make transpo industry more fair.
Nachtjager Day ago
Because "progress" there isn't hampered by human rights, environment, "affirmative" racism, immigrant invasion, gay rights, paedophilia rights, liberalism and democracy.
Timu kim
Timu kim Day ago
白泽貔貅 Day ago
fake news!
charles yang
charles yang Day ago
You made a mistake and the map of China lost Taiwan Province. This is a serious mistake!
mtlicq Day ago
Beijing to Hong Kong ! Go Figure !
zhuoli xie
zhuoli xie Day ago
Mr. Sam, I fear you forget one thing: HSR is far more than the glorious flagships that we all try to get when traveling between large city pairs. It is also about the smaller counties where alternatives are limited and time-consuming. This is another part of the intention----to bring the people of the smaller concentrations to larger ones faster.
tatry s
tatry s 2 days ago
If the Chinese don't build Xinjiang, you say discrimination against Uygurs, and build Xinjiang, and you say political intentions, are you wrong as long as the Chinese are in your eyes?
tatry s
tatry s 12 hours ago
@Walid Many people from the Mainland of China come to the Mainland from Xinjiang, too. Do you say concentration camps? I'm sorry I haven't heard of it and haven't seen it yet.
Walid Day ago
What's wrong are concentration camps.
刘人宇 2 days ago
When you think Chinese government as a huge company, high speed rail roads actually make sense.
neojack333 2 days ago
so, they learned how to mass-produce every part of a high speed railway system ? i would like to know more. It seems like here in the western countries, every big project reinvent the wheel and costs goes wild
10086 Shirou
10086 Shirou 2 days ago
Xinjiang was a part of china since 100 years before Caesar was born. And Tibet was a part of China was the same time period when Mongolian invade Europe. The reason why we build the train between Urumqi and lanzhou really because Gansu and Xinjiang are much more poorer than the west coast provinces. They need people to make investments from the east to the west. They need to solve the gap between poor and rich.
Chan Alexen
Chan Alexen 2 days ago
李太白 3 days ago
去你妈的!台湾呢?台湾是中国的!fuck you Mather!Taiwan is Chinese, okay? !
Zedis Dead
Zedis Dead 3 days ago
nutsackmania 3 days ago
the state can do whatever the fuck it wants
thug life
thug life 3 days ago
China is the best country in the world
Sen Ru
Sen Ru 3 days ago
童谣 2 days ago
Rahul kumar
Rahul kumar 3 days ago
What about Japanese railways?? They r the best!!!!
曾剑 3 days ago
Tse Dorjee
Tse Dorjee 3 days ago
China get this technology from France !
Nathaniel Joyce
Nathaniel Joyce 3 days ago
They look like airplanes that failed to take off
Nij Jin
Nij Jin 4 days ago
China is building railways for: 1. better living standard 2. one belt one road 3. connection a good governments exist to make your living standard better, not to make profit from their own civilians. Banks and corporations want profit from you.
Marek Hrušovský
Such a stupid comparison (Australia...). China is a bilion country where the train occupancy is 100% for economy class. I tried myself and i couldn't hop on the next train like i am used in Europe. One has to plan to travel by train in China.
Eric’s Music channel
As a Chinese person this makes me happy about my country thanks for making this video about it
Ju hyo Kang
Ju hyo Kang 4 days ago
윤석열 검찰총장님에게 드리는 글 ! 박근혜정부 시절에 추가경쟁예산안의 150조윈을 조성을 하였다ㆍ국민은 중국정부와 100조위안화로서 세계철도 ㆍ도로ㆍ생물플랜트 계약서을 위해서 노력하던 중에 한국에 100조가 준비가 되었사오니 계약하자는 제안이 들어왔다ㆍ이것이 국가예산안 중에서 조성된 자금원으로서 100조을 마련하여 돈을 숨길때가 없어서 스위스 특별계좌에 예금된 자금의 세틱과정중에서 스위스 000씨의 동포가 한국의 안민석의원에게 제보된 자금세탁의 뭉치돈을 세타과정중에 밀고된 자금규모이다 그자금이 100조원을 빼돌러서 자금세탁과정을 국민이 검잘에 밀고하였사오나 유명무실하게 되었다 스위스 한국은 외교조약으로서 금융정보 교환토록되어 있어므로 전방위 특수통을 투입하시여 스위스 특별계좌에 대하여 모조리 다파혜치시길 바랍니다 그자금의 성격은 창조경제을 빌미로 150조원의 추경자금ㅡ빼돌러서 스위스계좌송금세탁과정에시 교포가 밀고됝사건의 개요입니다 ㆍ
Ju hyo Kang
Ju hyo Kang 4 days ago
The china xi jinping best of best okay
nashi nash
nashi nash 4 days ago
This is called innovation in travel and public transport. USA seems to like to look back instead of forward in this particular instance.
Leafy 4 days ago
U.S gov't works for those that pay them via lobbying (ahem bribes) but it's called a "democracy". Chinese gov't works for their people but it's communist. This world is upside down.
Ng Chunyuen
Ng Chunyuen 4 days ago
Fasil kk
Fasil kk 4 days ago
because they dont have any problem taking people's land. thats not the case in other countries.
陈zl 5 days ago
Please add Taiwan to the map of China
Reltpid 5 days ago
First, set up rails cost a lot. You said PPP but considering the population of China, Actual money they can spend is huge. Second, since the government controls large amount of money and set up rails is their high priority task, they execute the plans easily than any other country. For example, ignoring environmental issues, resources limits, workers' environment, etc. And they're spending much money on it, meaning other tasks get less money. Now let's consider PPP, the cost is mid to expensive to Chinese
叶邹文 5 days ago
You forget Taiwan !!
Lawrence Peng
Lawrence Peng 5 days ago
Taiwan is part of China, T h k s
KHAIAS 5 days ago
Although I’m not pro communism, I absolutely love chinas idea of uniting the country.
BoxLid 3 days ago
@KHAIAS true, and in China's case it involves some having organs stolen (and most likely given to friends of the party, or the wealthy)
KHAIAS 3 days ago
BoxLid but it did involve young children being separated from their families + sexually and physically abused 😕also worked to death and buried in unmarked graves
BoxLid 3 days ago
@KHAIAS Oh I've read plenty about that, I'm american but live right next to the border. Half of my family came or currently lives in Canada. At least it didn't involve facial recognition cameras watching your every move...
KHAIAS 3 days ago
We called them residential schools though 👌🏼 (in case you wanna look it up)
Aylan Kurdi Want to say
News that matter
News that matter 5 days ago
DC to Dallas Texas in 9 hours in train sounds amazing. That's 155 mph non stop give or take a few miles. When you account that you have to be in the airport 2 hours earlier, and the time it takes to check out of the airport and etc, that's not bad at all.
YES10 5 days ago
who gives a fuck about a train when a boeing 747 covers the same route in a third of time and is just as fuel efficient as a Prius; Trains are 19th century crap ; Russia has direct air connection to all of their major cities for a fraction of a cost. Time is very valuable. The faster you can transport your body from point a to point b the better.
xanadujohn79 5 days ago
SunGuru86 5 days ago
It's because the chinese are forced to work on it.
Kurt22 5 days ago
They aren’t forced, they just need money REALLY badly so have to settle for extremely low-paying labor jobs like this
Rylen Cason
Rylen Cason 5 days ago
Unfortunately, I think that the Chinese ambitions to build railways out towards the western parts of the country will cause chaos for the whole country. Tibet, Inner Mongolia, and Xinjiang will all reject the idea of deleting their own identities for the greater good of the People's Republic of China. The chaos that is happening in Hong Kong will probably spread to these regions. The ongoing threat of suppression and government takeover will likely start a wave of rebellions over the Chinese government for trying to change and unify the country politically.
Jie Yao
Jie Yao 5 days ago
It began to criticize politics again. The people in the Western world is so small. . . Still have to show a superior identity. Send you a word, fart.
Aries Omega
Aries Omega 6 days ago
Germany was once as good in railway... DB is bad
Can Oğuz
Can Oğuz 6 days ago
0:15 you got the location of athens wrong
Kurt22 5 days ago
True I didn’t notice that but you’re right
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Geosen Gao
Geosen Gao 6 days ago
Where is Taiwan,China???your map is wrong!
Solid Snake
Solid Snake 6 days ago
fake map👎🏻
Harry 6 days ago
I took the high speed train from Lanzhou to Urumqi a few years ago. I remember it being pretty filled. There was basically nothing along the route except a lot of beautiful landscapes and some smaller cities. The second half of the route is in the desert so there were barriers to block the sand from getting onto the tracks which was incredibly disappointing because I mainly took the train to see the landscape since a plane would have been so much faster. I have a lot of photos on my Flickr if anyone's interested
geothe vonlindau
geothe vonlindau 6 days ago
驴得水 6 days ago
Why does the map of China not include Taiwan? This is not in line with your country's commitment.
Kiltz Haokip
Kiltz Haokip 6 days ago
Must be hard to digest for the American who always regard Chinese as backward. 😂😂😂 The reality is America is far behind in infrastructure but luckily they control world Bank to keep up their economy. Once dollar gone as world exchange, American will soon fight among themselves. 😂😂😂
Chris Ty
Chris Ty 6 days ago
Absolutely agree with the first line! 😂😂
ZAKARYA im 6 days ago
the world is being changed from OIL gang to ELECTRIC gang the change could result bad things
একটি লুকানো লোক এল
Hong Kong people always think that they are superior to Chinese people.
Jay11 7 days ago
How could you call 13 trillion dollar economy counytry as poor ?
Andrew Payne
Andrew Payne 7 days ago
Chine trying to spend as many of those American dollars as possible
Daniel Moolman
Daniel Moolman 7 days ago
It's amazing when you see the average speeds of such services. In the United States, the fastest you can get from New York to DC by train is 3 hours, and for 300 km, that's only an average of 100 km/h. In the UK, the fastest from London to Edinburgh is 4 hours, and over 600 km that's 150 km/h, better but not great. In France, Paris to Lyon is 2 hours for 400 km, making 200 km/h. And in China, that same Beijing to Shanghai route makes 250 km/h. It really shows how fast those trains go. (Note these are all the fastest services available, and normal ones will be slower).
Yuchao Wang
Yuchao Wang Day ago
no, Beijing to Shanghai 350 km/h
Gordon Freeman
Gordon Freeman 7 days ago
It is so good because the trains are from Germany
Pizza Killer
Pizza Killer 7 days ago
1: Normal people has no property rights on the land 2: They have very small concern about the environmental impact 3: They have a cheaper labour 4: They country has a huge population and it is the only option for most of the people to get fast to their destinations
Pizza Killer
Pizza Killer 6 days ago
@Elizabeth Sherman Please, read it again. Chinese people has no property right on the LAND. Of course, they have ownership right for 40 50 or 70yr of apartments. But the LAND is 100% State owned, and even though they own an apartment or building, if a train rail needs to take that direction, they will never change the contruction plan. It is one sided policy in these cases. and, Yes, I read many many terms.
Elizabeth Sherman
Pizza Killer Have u ever read one term of Chinese laws.There is property law in China to help normal people to protect their property rights.
Bill Wang
Bill Wang 7 days ago
The USA talks a lot yet does very little. China talks but actually does what they say.
Nachtjager Day ago
Kurt22 5 days ago
“We will let Hong Kong keep operating as before for 50 years” Uh huh
Mushfiq Shawon
Mushfiq Shawon 8 days ago
political will
Yrt 8 days ago
China's cheap slave labor helps.
MrOrtloff 8 days ago
China-Australia infrastructure partnership please.
Lawrence Chan
Lawrence Chan 8 days ago
1:57, r you sure about that?
罗正安 8 days ago
[转]看得我很很感触 “十几年前我还很小的时候,我们还很穷,干什么都不成。报纸上天天在讨论温包问题,说贫困村一家人只有一条裤子,港澳台同胞就像是天外来客,吃穿用度都让人嫉妒成恨。那时候,美国有个总统叫克林顿,他英俊潇洒风流倜傥指哪打哪。海湾战争让所有的中国军人崩溃,泪流满面的说,原来打仗已经变成了这样。在电视里看到台海危机,大人们都紧张兮兮。后来才知道,那时候是真的担心会输。再后来,南斯拉夫大使馆被炸了,我们很愤怒,却只能愤怒。全中国都在关心克林顿的下半身,因为除了这个,美国再没有什么可以嘲笑的了。我们努力造工厂,造玩具,造衣服,上亿的劳工从内地来到沿海。他们说,8亿件衬衫能换一架飞机。那时候,海里没有大船,主力还是炮艇。歼十是了不起的最高机密,一般人我们都不告诉他。世界在不断的改变,改变......我们还是很穷,好像干什么都不成。报纸上不在出现温保二字,而是在讨论民生问题。贫困村不再只有一条裤子,留守儿童、孤寡老人成了新的难题。台湾开通了自由行,去过的朋友都说也不过如此。GDP超越了德意志,干掉了英吉利,发电量超越了美利坚。这是人类历史上的第一次。世界上最大的钢铁生产国是中国,第二是河北,第三是唐山,我们不再捉襟见肘,开始担心产能过剩环境污染。美国换了总统,又换了总统,他们打了伊拉克,又打了阿富汗,再打了利比亚,最后没钱打叙利亚。那个愁眉苦脸的小黑干的很苦逼,国会忙着干架,政府等待关门,我们不再对波士顿惨案幸灾乐祸。美利坚还在折腾,大人们不再紧张。反而说,嗨,小马哥长的不错,吉利干了沃尔沃,联想成了PC全球第一。我们造了全球一半的高铁,日法德加在忙着争论,是谁让中国偷走了核心技术。我们把机床卖给了德国,把军公带进了北约。美国人宣布判决,说中兴和华为是邪恶企业。哦!当然,这份名单上还有北方工业和中国精密机械。航母已经成军,舰载机挂弹起飞。歼十不再是稀罕,我们告诉一般人,歼二十即将服役。卫星忙着编队,导淡打进太空。我们说,那就自己建一个空间站吧。时间在不停的走远,走远....现有近一半的欧美人说,中国才是最强的经济体。生活越来越好,问题越来越多,视野越来越广,想要的也越来越复杂。但回想过去,我们已经站在近百年来最好的时候。本朝已承平60年有余,按我中华之惯例,应该准备迎接盛世了。我们又成为了世界上最牛逼的那几个国家,但那也没什么可以骄傲的,在过去的几千年里,我们常常如此!
syno crat
syno crat 8 days ago
What land appropriation costs for China? The party owns everything, they just take what they want and tell people where to go for work. The lower class Han are thrilled for the opportunity.
Arsène Lupin
Arsène Lupin 8 days ago
you can say china has need for speed
Sridhar 8 days ago
Hey wendover, I'm just curious about what kind of software you use for these animations to narrate. That's super cool.
Texas Trad
Texas Trad 8 days ago
Only thing they are good at is spending the white mans money; they never invent anything, just steal it.
jimmy lv
jimmy lv 8 days ago
Taiwan is a part of China and an area that is not recognized by the United Nations.
Alexander 5 days ago
BobTheDuck9999 8 days ago
Freedom comes with costs :(
Frey1737 _
Frey1737 _ 8 days ago
how are planes in every video
Morgan Miao
Morgan Miao 8 days ago
刘飞 8 days ago
Damn your mother!!! Taiwan Taiwan Taiwan!!!!
꧁꧂ lll
꧁꧂ lll 9 days ago
I think China’s progress over the years is a miracle.
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