There is a new mode of transportation in town, and we are pretty excited about it!
When I first moved to Yueyang (about 9 years ago) there were two ways to get to this city from the closest city with an airport. The ‘highway’, which took 3-4 hours in good weather and the train which was a pretty consistent 2-2.5 hours. Then the ‘super highway’ opened up and you could ride a bus in about 2 hours and then take a taxi from the bus station into town in another 40 mins to an hour.
Those of you who have braved the trip to come and visit us can testify to how getting to us was not an easy task!
But things have changed. On December 26th, the day after we celebrated the birth of Christ, the high-speed train started operating. It’s amazing (it’s the fastest train in the world with an average speed of 350 Kmph and a high speed of 400 Kmph)! It will take us to the capital city of our province in just 30 minutes! The city to the north of us, which used to be 3.5-4 hours away, is now only 50 minutes! This has potential to change things in a big way.
We are hoping to ride it soon – when we do, we’ll be sure to share the story and post some photos!