High-speed rails facilitate travel around Shanghai
Travel by high-speed train is increasingly popular in the Yangtze River Delta region. [Photo/VCG]
With increasing high-speed rail lines, travelers now take less time to get to more scenic spots around Shanghai.
Starting from Shanghai in a high-speed train, one can go to Wuxi for admiring cherry blossoms in 30 minutes, take a walk around the West Lake in Hangzhou in an hour, eat sweet dumplings in Ningbo in two hours, and see the sea of clouds in Huangshan in Anhui province in three hours.
The dense and complete high-speed rail network makes the popularity of day trips and weekend trips grow rapidly, greatly enriching people's recreational life and boosting the development of the tourism industry.
Fang Fang, a post-90s white-collar worker in Hangzhou, said she comes to Shanghai almost once every two or three months, sometimes for shopping with friends in fashion venues, while more often for various performances and exhibitions. For her, Shanghai is not only a fashion capital, but also has cultural life worth chasing.
According to the China Railway Shanghai Bureau Group Co, on May 1, during the first day of the four-day Labor Day holiday rail stations in the Yangtze River Delta region sent a total of 3.475 million passengers to various destinations, a year-on-year increase of 44.4 percent, which set a record for the single-day transmission of passengers in the region.
Yu Baoping, director of the Case Study Center of Fudan University's School of Management, analyzed the advantages of traveling by high-speed trains. On the one hand, saving time for transportation will extend leisure time to ensure travelers have a good entertainment experience, while on the other hand, high-speed rails have relatively stable ticket prices and are basically on time.
This year, the Yangtze River Delta will start 996 kilometers of new lines, of which 757 kilometers are high-speed rails. It is estimated that by the end of 2020, railways in the region will reach an operating mileage of 13,000 kilometers, of which the high-speed railways will account for more than 5,300 kilometers, which means the 0.5 to 3-hour inter-city traffic circle will continue to expand.