“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.