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China’s high-speed rail might be growing too quickly for its own good. There are empty cars going nowhere fast indicating that the Chinese are still adopting the new transit or that the country will soon have an expensive problem on its hands.

“Flights out of Beijing are always delayed,” Chen said. “Door to door, high-speed trains are often faster than flying for me.

For this young journalist who frequently travels for work, [high-speed trains have] become part of an increasingly appealing routine amid worsening air traffic congestion at major airports across China.

At $85, her second-class seat costs less than half of a full-fare economy-class plane ticket on this major business route.

China’s fast-expanding high-speed rail network is now the world’s busiest with daily ridership exceeding 1.3 million.

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Photo credit: Attendants pose for pictures inside a high-speed train during an organized experience trip from Beijing to Zhengzhou, as part of a new rail line, December 22, 2012. China Daily / Reuters

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