Why China Is so Good at Building Railways

  • Published: 13 November 2018
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    [1] 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
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    [10] 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
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    [12] economist.com/china/2017/01/13/china-has-built-the-worlds-largest-bullet-train-network

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Comments • 22 611

  • Fred Jansen
    Fred Jansen  2 hours back

    they can build things fast, with cheap labour altough almost allways just not the 100% copy's of the original (lacking the quality),
    its seems the chinese still lack the creativity to produce something really good and new with good quality.

    • Bob Hindenburg
      Bob Hindenburg  13 hours back

      Took the railway from Guangzhou to Kunming. So much better than air travel. No complicated security checks, no plane sickness, you can eat and drink without bothering others, big leg room, and only took 9 hours, tha's more than 1000km of travel. Most importantly it only costed around 50ish USD.

      • Truth Seeker
        Truth Seeker  1 days back

        That's a good reason to have a high speed rail, in a country of 1.4 billion people, with various cultures and religions. Providing a convenient, simple way for people to travel around China, quickly and comfortably, is a good idea and actually pays itself off in multiple ways. When you consider the cost of civil strife and people not having the means to travel and conduct business or any other productive endeavor that benefits them and society in general, then connecting the country with high speed public transit is a great idea. We should do it here in the US as well .

        • josue Kay
          josue Kay  1 days back

          ...In England, trains don't run when the "wrong " type of rain, sleet, snow, leaves... falls on the tracks... But most of the time they just don't run..!

          • kinith saephan
            kinith saephan  2 days back

            they are good cause they copied korea.... korea is really good cause they copied japan.... japan is really good cause they copied the french... the french are good cause they copied america... america is so good cause they copied britain.....

            Basically, that is a dumb statement.

            • Richard Chen
              Richard Chen  2 days back

              Oh great, I can travel really fast when I get back. I only had to trade my human rights for that, what a great deal

              • Antonis Valamontes
                Antonis Valamontes  2 days back

                China is a Communist Nation - Amazing nonsense!

                • 19alexander95
                  19alexander95  2 days back

                  Conclusion: Communism :)

                  • Jon Mitchell
                    Jon Mitchell  2 days back

                    China is not poor. Update your 1980's education.

                    • 天佑中华
                      天佑中华  2 days back

                      Western media is so sick. I was just gonna say, we build roads to lift people from remote area out of poverty. And in this video they think it’s politic propaganda.

                      • shaa141
                        shaa141  3 days back

                        USA uses planes for transportation they find planes routes as cheaper trains are new to America it is actually developed around train station and train rail route

                        • Master Wong
                          Master Wong  3 days back

                          If this Xinjiang,Tibet situation happen in Usa ,they just bomb the people

                          • Faye Zhang
                            Faye Zhang  4 days back

                            From this guy mentioned some lines don't make sense, I know, I just know he's gonna start political topic stories hahhahhahha. And yeah, no surprise, "reeducation camps" came, Tibet came, HK came, basic law. This youtuber should be respect and go see China deeper before touching this political topic.

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                              • 墨洇于水
                                墨洇于水  4 days back


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                                  • Chirag Gudhka
                                    Chirag Gudhka  4 days back

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                                    • Silver Edge
                                      Silver Edge  5 days back

                                      in India average speed is still 67Kmph

                                      • mark carey
                                        mark carey  5 days back

                                        Amazing what you can do with a dictatorship of the urban elite.

                                        • *Wonka*
                                          *Wonka*  5 days back

                                          LoL title should be "why China lies so much because 'made in China' means useless knockoff made by tardy thieves"

                                          • Yundy
                                            Yundy  5 days back

                                            Taiwan is one part of China, Taiwan should be added to China territory in the video

                                            • knee gerr
                                              knee gerr  6 days back

                                              fuck off CHINA FREE TIBET ,TAIWAN,HONG KONG AND MACAU

                                              • knee gerr
                                                knee gerr  6 days back

                                                china is a developed country but paris dosnt think so therefore china is allowed to pollute more than any other country

                                                • knee gerr
                                                  knee gerr  6 days back

                                                  asbestos brake pads for their cars

                                                  • knee gerr
                                                    knee gerr  6 days back

                                                    lot of shit made in china and are poor quality

                                                    • Ger 13 NunYah
                                                      Ger 13 NunYah  6 days back

                                                      China is own by the Communist party not the people ,So they do whatever they want

                                                      • Abel Gomes
                                                        Abel Gomes  6 days back

                                                        China is also so good in coping and cheating.

                                                        • Donald J. Trump
                                                          Donald J. Trump  6 days back

                                                          China is good at building all infrastructure.

                                                          Why? Communism.

                                                          In China, the government has TRUE eminent domain.

                                                          In America, we spend DECADES jumping through regulations and such to attempt the construction of a state to state railway, highway, ect...

                                                          We spend countless years and hundreds of millions of dollars, just to ATTEMPT future construction.

                                                          An example of this is the failed California speed rail.

                                                          If this were China, it would have been done yesterday.

                                                          Our system in America is both good and bad, but no doubt about it, communism makes it easier to get things done quicker.

                                                          Without checks and balances, they are free to do what they wish.

                                                          • Joanna Wang
                                                            Joanna Wang  5 days back

                                                            Donald J. Trump yes, there is one one party, and they have power and authorities ppl all eager for, which cause of course fight inside of the party, whoever wins at last are way much better than politicians through elections

                                                        • Krónika
                                                          Krónika  6 days back

                                                          Why? Socialism.

                                                          • Aramonde Hasashi
                                                            Aramonde Hasashi  7 days back

                                                            Because its state owned and the people have no rights. Its a lot easy to build the lines when you can just take land and not even have to pay for it.

                                                            • Niklas Enblom
                                                              Niklas Enblom  7 days back

                                                              I was born in Sweden which is also quite good at high-speed rail. I once took the X2000 from Gothenburg to Stockholm, the capital. I don't remember the speed that our train was doing but it was FAST!! The trip between the two cities took about 3 hours and it was very comfortable. Besides, you get to see the country which is kind of hard if you would fly and the country is beautiful.

                                                              • 德国知事German Cheese
                                                                德国知事German Cheese  19 hours back

                                                                The distance between these 2 cites is around 460km. You said it takes 3 hours and you think it is FAST!!!! The average speed is less than 160km/h. In China it runs 350km/h permanently. From Beijing to Shanghai it takes merely 4hrs and 18min covering the distance 1318km.

                                                            • amani mdami
                                                              amani mdami  1 weeks back

                                                              Australia is a western country? Seriously?

                                                              • Piano Man
                                                                Piano Man  1 weeks back

                                                                Yet they still output 3 times the pollution of the US

                                                                • The last Petrol bender
                                                                  The last Petrol bender  24 hours back

                                                                  @Piano Man and U should read mine cause I think you privileged white ppl are WRONG

                                                                • Piano Man
                                                                  Piano Man  1 days back

                                                                  @The last Petrol bender I'm actually saying the exact opposite you should probably read my comments.

                                                                • The last Petrol bender
                                                                  The last Petrol bender  1 days back

                                                                  @Piano Man I am not saying China should pollut , but we are know.China is developing green energy and technology faster then any country in.the world the train is playing a bigroll roll

                                                                • The last Petrol bender
                                                                  The last Petrol bender  1 days back

                                                                  @Piano Man so you saying an American should be allowed to release 3 times more co2 then a Chinese JUST BECAUSE they are American? what a brilliant logic. ur are kind of asking Chinese folks to do less breathing or what? less prodution? less transportation? less food? less aircondtion while piping hot? mind you the electric train pollut much less already compare with a diesel train , so they are obviously improving, and what I wanna say is 10 man would pollut 1 man because you can't just kill 9 of them, but each one of you can try to.minimize the pollution , and that is what I would say problem of USA, even if China is a quite polluter, but USA somehow just manage to pollut 3 times more per person, dose that sounds right to you?

                                                                • Piano Man
                                                                  Piano Man  2 days back

                                                                  @The last Petrol bender Oh good! at least there's an excuse for ruining the world faster then any other country, man I was scared thanks for pointing that out.

                                                              • Yogi Man
                                                                Yogi Man  1 weeks back

                                                                China has access to large populations of cheap labour, 0 health and safety laws to abide by, meaning Chinese authorities can exploit their workers to build under pressure or replace them. China also does not recognise international copyright laws, so it has no problem stealing blueprint designs from abroad, or buying up western companies for design expertise, using western technologies and Japanese to fast track themselves. Plus, unlike the UK China does not consult its people about building a new railway, it just builds it, disregarding people living near the proposed route. All in all China does not play by the rules like the rest of us, but seems to think it’s superior to the rest of the world. No! It’s just they have an advantage and sooner or later the rest of the world will catch up, especially when everything becomes automated.

                                                                • popothebright
                                                                  popothebright  1 weeks back

                                                                  >"They have the one thing that every other country lacks. The political will for high speed trains".... That.. and cheap labor,.. and the ability for the government to confiscate land at nowhere near market prices, and a few billion in stolen Japanese intellectual property.

                                                                  • thebigwarthog
                                                                    thebigwarthog  1 weeks back

                                                                    China just stole high speed train technology from Japan by reverse engineering and claiming they somehow developed high speed rail in just several years!

                                                                    • Wang zouzou
                                                                      Wang zouzou  6 days back

                                                                      Buying is not stealing! Thanks! By the way,how high is your IQ value?

                                                                  • Stouffer
                                                                    Stouffer  1 weeks back

                                                                    Labour costs in China much lower - large numbers of deaths no problem in China

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                                                                      ww ss  1 weeks back


                                                                      • GX guilin
                                                                        GX guilin  1 weeks back

                                                                        Watching this video, I think the western media is terrible

                                                                        • Wenwen Yo
                                                                          Wenwen Yo  5 days back

                                                                          GX guilin Every one in China would think we build roads to lift remote areas out of poverty. But media likes to say it’s some kind of politic conspiracy.

                                                                      • Brian Losert
                                                                        Brian Losert  1 weeks back

                                                                        because china people can afforg super train than airports is cost more.

                                                                        • nate zhang
                                                                          nate zhang  1 weeks back

                                                                          Well, everything about the high speed railway is great but the price. The railway company have to lose money to keep the price just below the airlines. Sometimes you even find the airlines cheaper.

                                                                          • 1 S.SETTE
                                                                            1 S.SETTE  1 weeks back

                                                                            They strongly begged Japan to teach technology of bullet train and after completion their rail, they obtained a patent without any permission. In a nut shell "STEAL".

                                                                            • u
                                                                              u  1 weeks back

                                                                              Seems US needs to be controlled by communist party

                                                                              • Aramonde Hasashi
                                                                                Aramonde Hasashi  7 days back

                                                                                I'll take no trains then live under that regime anyday.

                                                                            • VFX404
                                                                              VFX404  1 weeks back


                                                                              • Meow miaou
                                                                                Meow miaou  1 weeks back

                                                                                thx mr. Deng

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                                                                                  • Cameron
                                                                                    Cameron  1 weeks back

                                                                                    China #1

                                                                                    • Ethan Z.
                                                                                      Ethan Z.  1 weeks back

                                                                                      Because of stolen japanese tech