Shanghai Transrapid Maglev Line
The Shanghai Transrapid Maglev Line is the world's first high-speed commercial commuting system using the state-of-the-art electromagnetic levitation technology. The 30 km (19.5 miles) and double-track project started on March 2001 and it is now on commercial operation.
With a top speed of 430 km per hour (267 miles per hour), it only takes eight minutes for a one-way trip, which connects the Pudong International Airport and the Longyang Road Station, a downtown subway station.
The high-speed train takes about 2 minutes and 15 seconds to reach 300 km/h and about 4 minutes to reach its peak speed, 430 km/h. The ride of the train is comfortable and quiet due to the maglev technology and the specially designed window. Its noise level is less than 60 decibels at a speed of 300 km/h.
China's economy is on the fast track, so is the project. It only takes two and a half years to complete such a large and complex project.
Reserve your train ticket on weekends
I arrived in Shanghai Pudong Airport early one Saturday morning at 0620 hours with a view to catching a train to my final destination of Hangzhou. On reaching the Shanghai South Station at around 0830 hours, I was dismayed to learn from the ticket seller that all trains for that day were sold out! I had confirmed hotel booking in Hangzhou and had to get to Hangzhou by hook or by crook. I was told that standing tickets were still available at 28 RMB. I took the standing ticket (wu zhuo) and had to stand for the entire 2-hour journey to Hangzhou. The moral of the story is that if you intend to take a train on Saturdays or eve of public holidays, be sure to make a reservation. Otherwise, you may have to stand for the entire journey!
The Bund is one of the most famous waterfronts in the world. For many, it is the classic image of Shanghai. The row of impressive, Neo-Classical, 1920s and 30s buildings on the west bank of the Huangpu river consituted the administrative centre for what was at that time, the busiest port in Asia.
Bund is a term that was used in the British Empire for a muddy, waterfront embankment, and although this was not technically a part of that empire, the British had controlled a concession in this part of Shanghai since the Opium War of 1842.
So, it's not surprising that the British-designed buildings along the Bund are often likened to those of Manchester or Liverpool. The most impressive of these buildings is the domed Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank building, completed in 1921. Now, however, with the British long since gone, it belongs to the Pudong Development Bank.
On warm summer nights, thousands of promenaders throng the Bund, and river cruises afford spectacular views of the illuminated buildings.
This is a beautiful boulevard. If you visit the Century Park, make sure you will enter or get out from the gate that leads to this boulevard. You will see a lot of local craft makers and people flying kites there.
Shanghai's Maglev - the world's fastest train
that's a really great experience-highly recommended! we were afraid that our luggage would travel with more comfort in the car from hotel to Pudong aeroport...but we were wrong! please try it if you can! the speed is up to 400km/h..