Air pollution has been a long term issue for China, and the recent development of an extensive rail network has raised hope on reducing the country’s carbon footprint. The improved train system means that responsible travel van become a reality.
China has one of the biggest and busiest rail networks in the world, with trains linking almost every town and city and has built some of the fastest trains in the world. The Shanghai Maglev (magnetic levitation technology) is the fastest commercial, high-speed electric train in the world with a maximum operational speed of 431km/h and average speed of 267kmph. The Maglev started in April 2004 and was designed to connect Shanghai Pudong International Airport and the outskirts of central Pudong, where passengers can interchange to other forms of transport to continue their journey.
Zhangjiajie National Park in Hunan, is renowned for its spectacular natural beauty. The unique sandstone pillars and landscape inspired the graphic design for the Hollywood film Avatar. The park is one of the most fascinating landscapes in the world with an area stretching over more than 3600 square kilometres. There are more than 3,100 gigantic quartzite sandstone pillars reaching to the clouds, with pastoral streams below flowing to the verdant forests spread throughout the park. It is home to many rare species of trees, birds and animals and has been listed as a UNESCO Global Geopark.