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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    [4] oag.com/on-time-performance-star-ratings-2018
    [5] export.gov/article?id=China-Aviation
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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 • 21 627

  • Lammet
    Lammet  11 minutes back

    They learnt how to make railways when they worked in america

    • matt bardot
      matt bardot  1 hours back

      Imagine going from Paris to your vacation in Greece in an 8 hour train... *GOALS.*

      • Ankit Kumar
        Ankit Kumar  4 hours back

        China love u

        • Ankit Kumar
          Ankit Kumar  4 hours back

          Love from india

          • Ankit Kumar
            Ankit Kumar  4 hours back

            India want such trains

            • 東方・音楽・鉄道チャンネル

              Do not forget that some technologies of Chinese High Speed Railways are stolen from Japan and Germany.

              • MTDMS Community Channel

                Yeet HSR do "solves" political problems in China ✔️

                • zhenyu sun
                  zhenyu sun  13 hours back

                  第一次知道原来国内航班延误严重是因为大部分领空是军事禁飞区 lol

                  • TK
                    TK  15 hours back

                    Simple they just copy the Japanese!

                    • Hptx7777
                      Hptx7777  16 hours back

                      Why is the Video on the outside English then when I click it it's Chinese and then there in Chinese subs

                      • Jerry Gundecker
                        Jerry Gundecker  16 hours back

                        But I don't want to go to China, no matter how short the trip.

                        • zombi111980
                          zombi111980  21 hours back

                          The main reason is that they just build it. They don't ask for consent among the population. Here in Germany you have to fight with every single Town and village the new tracks are supposed to run near.. On top of high regulations for safety and enviromental damage...

                          • tvb nut
                            tvb nut  24 hours back

                            China to construction. America do destruction.

                            • quýt nhỏ
                              quýt nhỏ  1 days back

                              China specializes in forging other water projects

                              • Xiao Han
                                Xiao Han  1 days back

                                Now I understand why there is so many thumb down. Full of ideology

                                • 程宾宾
                                  程宾宾  1 days back

                                  U will see the Chinese will be good at almost everything....

                                  • Cindy Wu
                                    Cindy Wu  1 days back

                                    The Chinese Government built the high speed train to develop and connect the cities. It is economic not political. The high speed train can speed up the development of rural cities.

                                    • SH W
                                      SH W  1 days back

                                      Urumqi and Lanzhou are nothing compared to Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou

                                      • 潘斌
                                        潘斌  1 days back

                                        1:05 台湾,是中国的一部分。

                                        • lina Ca
                                          lina Ca  1 days back

                                          I really don't know whether this video blogger really knows Xinjiang or hearsay.

                                          • lina Ca
                                            lina Ca  2 days back

                                            Taiwan is missing from this map.

                                            • Anonymous
                                              Anonymous  2 days back

                                              “Why US is so poor at building railway”

                                              • Imran Khan
                                                Imran Khan  2 days back

                                                Because China stoled technology from Japan.

                                                • lina Ca
                                                  lina Ca  2 days back

                                                  Other countries are technically inferior to China, so they say stealing. Westerners have strange ideas.

                                              • Kanra
                                                Kanra  2 days back

                                                Having an authoritarian government with no regard for human rights also helps quite a bit.

                                                • Xiao Han
                                                  Xiao Han  23 hours back

                                                  @Kanra understand Chinese? If yes, see https://youtu.be/azP_gTPEL_Q In short, no massacre on Tiananmen, the death of Tankman was fake. But one night before, the folks attacked the army who moved towards Tiananmen, and army opened fire. 200 ppl dead including soldiers! But see how the WEST framing!

                                                • Kanra
                                                  Kanra  24 hours back

                                                  @Xiao Han So what is the truth?

                                                • Xiao Han
                                                  Xiao Han  1 days back

                                                  @Kanra 哦,原来都不装了哦。天安门被你们和西方媒体狼狈为奸的颠倒了黑白,可有爽到?可惜骗倒了世界上的傻逼,却没能骗倒中国人,真是遗憾

                                                • Kanra
                                                  Kanra  1 days back

                                                  @Xiao Han 天安门

                                                • Xiao Han
                                                  Xiao Han  1 days back


                                              • musAKulture
                                                musAKulture  3 days back

                                                it took about 5.5 minutes before getting into politics.
                                                nothing less from a propaganda machine.

                                                • WEIFAN JIANG
                                                  WEIFAN JIANG  3 days back

                                                  transport army....

                                                  • 晓东黄
                                                    晓东黄  3 days back


                                                    • Pinky Mixology
                                                      Pinky Mixology  3 days back

                                                      No Unions and no OSHA?

                                                      • you Marry
                                                        you Marry  3 days back

                                                        说句中国牛逼就完事了,你做这视频累不?哦,不累,因为你是个youtuber呀,this is what you do !lol

                                                        • Kurt Wong
                                                          Kurt Wong  3 days back

                                                          it seems to be presumed that whatever Chinese government does it does so to violate human rights? that's completely bullsh**t.

                                                          • Gabe Fernandez
                                                            Gabe Fernandez  4 days back

                                                            3:06 did he just said “twelve hundred”(?

                                                            • P S
                                                              P S  4 days back

                                                              cos, slavery.

                                                              • YI SIMA
                                                                YI SIMA  4 days back

                                                                It looks like to me that some people believe whatever China does, it must be for political purposes, including bringing a relatively remote community closer to the rest of the country.
                                                                This video only compares the railway cost $20 billion to ticket price. What it didn't mention, is Xinjiang province's GDP increased by 300 billion CNY - more than doubled, in the 6 years following the railway was built (2007-2012). Number from Statistics Bureau of Xinjiang.
                                                                If you are looking into a government owned railway company, maybe look into further than just the ticket price for that particular line.

                                                                • YI SIMA
                                                                  YI SIMA  15 hours back

                                                                  @steve crawford Your comment just proved my point. Also thank you for amusing me by showing another double standard.
                                                                  You don't want another individual to comment on Youtube, and American media is supposed to have "freedom of speech"?
                                                                  Is it just like a group of slave owners created a country, because they wanted freedom?

                                                                • steve crawford
                                                                  steve crawford  1 days back

                                                                  Why are you crying on American media, don’t you have a fake Chinese media to go cry on? It is funny that you’ve been banned from YouTube, and you think it’s important to squeak on America because you are insecure, is it weakness? Or the fact that Chinese doom is clear?

                                                              • 緣系音樂音系永恆

                                                                we build that lanzhou to Urumqi,because this place are relatively poor in China,we wanna develop these places,HSR will make the transportation between these poor cities and other part of China much better,so it will created more working opportunities,and let more investment into these cities,and as a result ,these cities will be more developed

                                                                • Elon Musk
                                                                  Elon Musk  4 days back

                                                                  Tbh the high speed railways are not found in the US often because lots of people use airplanes to get around

                                                                  • KRSH D
                                                                    KRSH D  4 days back

                                                                    The People's Republic of China ,Republic of China .It's all China! It's just that the system is different Love you indicate! Even with different flags, we are the same country!

                                                                    • fall0rn
                                                                      fall0rn  5 days back

                                                                      They stole all this technology. Not impressed. Also.. theres just 2 trains between paris and barcelona because those are two entirely different countries. How the fuck can you compare EUROPE (MANY DIFFERENT NATIONS) to China (ONE NATION)?!

                                                                      • Dasd Da
                                                                        Dasd Da  4 days back

                                                                        funyn how england now want china to built their bullet train for them due to the quality that comes with much cheaper cost than japan

                                                                    • Bark Manden
                                                                      Bark Manden  5 days back

                                                                      China’s Industrial/Economic capacity…..courtesy of Uncle Sam & almost 12 Trillion dollars of Trade Surplus…also courtesy of ….Uncle Sam.

                                                                      No more free ride says President Trump. America First……..for a while.

                                                                      • 颜深
                                                                        颜深  5 days back

                                                                        Your video is a serious vulnerability! Taiwan is China's

                                                                        • P.R.velayudhan Mani
                                                                          P.R.velayudhan Mani  5 days back

                                                                          Let.Modi..Amith.Sha.Finance.minister..actually.work.or get training for 5 years.in.China.and then.think.if they.fit to.be.in.Govermet..Modi.mustlearn.swasth.Barath from.China.sRail.way station.and streets

                                                                          • Jacob McKissock
                                                                            Jacob McKissock  5 days back

                                                                            So... Communism.

                                                                            • Buff Barnaby
                                                                              Buff Barnaby  5 days back

                                                                              they get surgery to look more Western

                                                                              • Buff Barnaby
                                                                                Buff Barnaby  5 days back

                                                                                Chinese prison labor.

                                                                                • Kelly
                                                                                  Kelly  5 days back


                                                                                  • 陈明涛
                                                                                    陈明涛  6 days back

                                                                                    日常黑中国 可以的 很棒

                                                                                    • Daro Darius
                                                                                      Daro Darius  6 days back

                                                                                      Since Mr. Xi Jinping took the office, China has seen marvelous progress.

                                                                                      • Daro Darius
                                                                                        Daro Darius  1 days back

                                                                                        @steve crawford You are one big wanker living in your moms basement!

                                                                                      • steve crawford
                                                                                        steve crawford  1 days back

                                                                                        Yes, China has made great progress at killing every single thing on earth, raping everything and everyone to death...yay!

                                                                                    • fabian fernandez
                                                                                      fabian fernandez  6 days back

                                                                                      🚆 can have battery and solar panels

                                                                                      • fabian fernandez
                                                                                        fabian fernandez  6 days back

                                                                                        Airplanes do hi contamination train r better efficient