China’s bullet trains can reach 300 km/h (186 mph), or a top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph).
These trains run daily connecting over 200 cities in China and covering 32 of the country’s 34 provinces. The Xi’an to Beijing journey took only four a half hours. Having traveled first class – yes, life is short, so splurge a little – from Moscow to St Petersburg before on the Russian rail network, this time we went business class from Xi’an to Beijing where we were joined by my daughter who flew in from Singapore. (With Chinese trains, business class is above first class.)
As expected, the comfort was unparalleled as was the service. Meals were served – you get a choice of two main courses – and all drinks were included, although unlike in Russia, no alcohol was available.
Here’s what I ate on one of the rides; it wasn’t gourmet cuisine but it was more than decent; the main thing was that it was tasty and the portions were generous: