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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Comments • 22 200

  • Shah Ji
    Shah Ji  30 minutes back

    living in australia i would say we have the worst train network in the world.

    • Nich Lounds
      Nich Lounds  34 minutes back

      Its odd to confuse the wealth of a nation by the wealth per capita, when the governments are regulated vastly different.

      • Katherine Su
        Katherine Su  1 hours back

        Just saying, China is definitely still a developing country. However, “one of the poorest contrives in the world”, ur kidding right? I’m sure u have never been to South Asia, Middle East or any Africa..

        • C PPt
          C PPt  1 hours back

          Why would building railways related to politics? They just serve the people and let them travel faster and cheaper.

          • Happy Friday
            Happy Friday  12 hours back

            China's government built more high-speed road and railway last ten years. These projects can increase employment and make the GDP up. Liu Zhi Jun the Ministry of  China Railways Company in prison because of corruption. 中国过去十年修高速公路、铁路拉动了就业,和GDP。但是铁道部长刘志军也因为贪腐被送进了监狱。

            • SkillSwiper
              SkillSwiper  18 hours back

              They’re able to do it because they basically can work and pay their workers slave wages with slave

              • Jack Crow
                Jack Crow  20 hours back

                no red tape

                • Kithinga
                  Kithinga  21 hours back

                  these comments got me a ticket to china

                  • Doug Miles
                    Doug Miles  22 hours back

                    China stole all the train tech from Japan and Germany

                    • Catnip
                      Catnip  1 days back


                      • Zhang Lei
                        Zhang Lei  1 days back

                        Transportation really should not be privatized. When it becomes profit driven entity, the social benefits will never be considered anymore. Since German railway was privatized, they stopped building rails and stations in smaller towns and those places became even more secluded. China has the longest high speed train, but It also keeps all small villages connected with the slow rails at very cheap tickets price, even these lines are not profitable. I think it’s the government fulfilling its duty to provide transportation networks to the rural corners.

                        • SAEED CHEN
                          SAEED CHEN  1 days back

                          Where is the other leg of my great cock???!!! You are it???

                          • but2star
                            but2star  1 days back

                            Even today in US, horse riders are still able to overtake a train .

                            • windu eko
                              windu eko  2 days back

                              China is the best, love China from Indonesia

                              • Splinter- Memes
                                Splinter- Memes  2 days back

                                Why are many people so negative about the Chinese rail?

                                • surya vardhan
                                  surya vardhan  2 days back

                                  Indian railways has entered the chat.

                                  • Gary Eleven
                                    Gary Eleven  2 days back

                                    If u have enough babies and teach them well till they graduate from university, then u will have many good engineers and the ability to build something.

                                    • Jeff Moore
                                      Jeff Moore  2 days back

                                      Nobody cares once a communist always a communist boycott China they are not our friends I hope the go bankrupt!

                                      • Harry Gruber
                                        Harry Gruber  2 days back

                                        Because their is no red tape. The government says get it done it gets done

                                        • Bridden
                                          Bridden  2 days back

                                          "The real reason why China is so good at building railways is because they have the one thing that almost every other country lacks.. The political will for high speed trains."
                                          That and the ability to jail political dissidence. That is a pretty important part of the puzzle. The people of Europe can actually fight against wasteful spending... Not much that Chinese can do about it.

                                          • Towhid ahamed akash
                                            Towhid ahamed akash  2 days back

                                            China next super power

                                            • Spencer Graham-Thille
                                              Spencer Graham-Thille  3 days back

                                              They're good because they have a centralized government, little-to-no property rights, and an extremely large labor force.

                                              • Bugatti Boss
                                                Bugatti Boss  3 days back

                                                Keep the political propaganda out of this

                                                • david nichols
                                                  david nichols  3 days back

                                                  Coolies got a lot of practice in America!

                                                  • Chin Kang
                                                    Chin Kang  3 days back

                                                    Through reverse engineering, China, without paying patent, will proclaim to the world that she is the best.

                                                    • thomas b
                                                      thomas b  3 days back

                                                      haha. China is way smarter. in western Canada we no longer even have Greyhound bus service! lol.

                                                      • Shaoyu Jian
                                                        Shaoyu Jian  3 days back

                                                        hk-protest.com the TRUTH

                                                        • Jeremy Ksor
                                                          Jeremy Ksor  3 days back

                                                          I’m Montagnard indigenous never bean to China

                                                          • 马云
                                                            马云  3 days back

                                                            China is workaholic

                                                            • chris
                                                              chris  4 days back

                                                              most of the western countries send jobs to china

                                                              • Ruiting Yu
                                                                Ruiting Yu  4 days back

                                                                I live in Canada and I go back to China from time to time to visit families and to travel. I can say that high speed trains are so useful and practical. It only takes a few hours from Beijing to Shanghai, while here in Canada, it takes around 7 hours by car from Toronto to Montreal😂 Also, it takes 10 years to even build a highway, I don’t even want to know how many years it takes to build a whole railway line.

                                                                • tariq ramadan
                                                                  tariq ramadan  4 days back

                                                                  Because it's a communist Nation....

                                                                  • ETHEREΛL Arts
                                                                    ETHEREΛL Arts  4 days back

                                                                    For those who care, they use these Technologies in their train network:

                                                                    CRCC, China
                                                                    Max Bögl, Germany
                                                                    Züblin, Germany
                                                                    RTRI, Japan

                                                                    • Time To Destination
                                                                      Time To Destination  5 days back

                                                                      Why don't you cover the 2011 train collision accident that killed 40 people?

                                                                      • 一一
                                                                        一一  5 days back


                                                                        • Will
                                                                          Will  6 days back

                                                                          china in poor as good as thailand?? Have you been there? the are so weahthy

                                                                          • Daniel Song
                                                                            Daniel Song  6 days back

                                                                            Lmao the gpd bruh you realize its the worst way to calculate wealth

                                                                            • A K Singh
                                                                              A K Singh  6 days back

                                                                              Ha ha ha

                                                                              • Luca Banks
                                                                                Luca Banks  6 days back


                                                                                • 待化的冰
                                                                                  待化的冰  6 days back

                                                                                  dumb fuk. it seems like you care about the Chinese more than the Chinese ourselves? stop pretending. get lost.

                                                                              • JustAn AngryGamer
                                                                                JustAn AngryGamer  6 days back

                                                                                Fuck you China, FREE HONG KONG!

                                                                              • Elin Tem
                                                                                Elin Tem  7 days back

                                                                                Mistake: you missed Taiwan on the map of China

                                                                                • 奇異果大王
                                                                                  奇異果大王  11 hours back

                                                                                  ​@海森堡 你怎麼說都可以,因為你怎麼說都改變不了台灣是獨立國家的事實,而且還是世界上最親日的國家,這連日本人都公認,你沒看到林志玲都嫁給日本人了嗎?哈哈,但你們中國人在台灣的確不太討喜,台灣討厭中國的人佔比相當高,估計大概再過個十年二十年就會達到九成了,目前是因為還有一些老外省人還在,他們現在都老了,再過不久也就沒影響力了

                                                                                • 海森堡
                                                                                  海森堡  12 hours back

                                                                                  @奇異果大王 您就是当年皇军留下来的种吧?

                                                                                • 奇異果大王
                                                                                  奇異果大王  4 days back

                                                                                  Taiwan is not a part of China , Taiwan is a independent country !!!!!!!!!

                                                                                • Nova Introvert
                                                                                  Nova Introvert  4 days back

                                                                                  Well, better not talk about this.

                                                                                  If having Taiwan included, hawk in Beijing will be glad to see, while some people in Taiwan might be infuriated.

                                                                                  While if, in this case, not having Taiwan included, many people in Taiwan probably will not feel too uncomfortable about this, while Hawks in Beijing will be annoyed.

                                                                                  Better not get into this politics mess.

                                                                                • K Wang
                                                                                  K Wang  4 days back


                                                                              • xyz
                                                                                xyz  7 days back


                                                                                • J ds
                                                                                  J ds  7 days back

                                                                                  China looks out for its interest and therefore benefits it's populous eventhough they might not be an ideal nation they don't just try and make a profit at every corner such as some western countries *American auto industry *

                                                                                  • 树先生
                                                                                    树先生  7 days back

                                                                                    雄鸡没有台湾 看的不习惯

                                                                                    • Yali Zhu
                                                                                      Yali Zhu  1 weeks back

                                                                                      With huge population like china, that kind of train is a must-have. With a polulation like USA, an air travel system is faster and more efficient.

                                                                                      • Don C
                                                                                        Don C  1 weeks back

                                                                                        China poor? Mexico poor? Listen white boy, keep living in your hill-billy bubble while the world around you moves on. So this video was created to downplay the amazing Chinese achievement. What’s next? Trees in the US are greener than anywhere else in the world? Is this Trump on auto-tune?

                                                                                        • Mkki 3D15
                                                                                          Mkki 3D15  1 weeks back

                                                                                          Yeah obviously you have no comprehension of the type of shottie ass construction China likes to invest in within its borders. Those ppl are gambling with their lives every time they get on board one of those things.. Theres a huge reason they were able to get the cost down so much and you just seemed to glance right over that one; Mr. I ❤ China..
                                                                                          Quality of Materials. Period.

                                                                                          • 醒悟的year
                                                                                            醒悟的year  1 weeks back

                                                                                            Most countries are too small to have the funds to build high-speed rail. This is the most common country. The simple is that the government has no money to build high-speed rail. The high-speed rail is very expensive, and the loss of people's traffic is not up to standard. There is also a huge burden on the state welfare expenditure, and the government cannot afford to build it. Since high-speed rail is a project that cannot be profitable in the short term, the parliament will only support projects that need to be really funded. People are more concerned about their quality of life and will not cut welfare funds. Therefore, the development of science and technology in many countries has stagnated, money is spent on welfare expenditures, and then the people are becoming more lazy, the people have no incentive, and the general situation in European countries.