China's High-Speed Rail
Need for Speed
Railroad authorities have focused intently on upgrading the system's speed. In July 2010, the fastest train to date it can travel as fast as 220 m.p.h. (355 km/h) went into service, linking Shanghai to Suzhou and Nanjing. By comparison, Japan's fastest train reaches speeds of just 160 m.p.h. (260 km/h), while the Acela, America's fastest rail link, averages an anemic 72 m.p.h. (116 km/h).