Shenzhen (China), Aug 29 : The visiting journalists from India and Nepal, who are on a week long tour to China, were on Thursday taken for a ride on high speed bullet train from Nanningdon to Shenzhen township.
Traveling on high speed of around 350 kmph, the journey took about four hours and passed through important stations including Guangzhounan and Humen. Despite the language barrier, several commuters and staff showed keen interest to interact with Indian and Nepali scribes on board. "I am a frequent traveler on this route and I use high speed trains only. The high speed trains have changed the face of commuting within China," said one female medico but maintained as her 'government company' would not appreciate her for talking to media hence she need not be identified.
Six Indian journalists and three from Nepal, who are on a week long tour of China beginning August 24, reached Shenzhen here on Thursday. The tour has been organised by the Chinese foreign ministry and the Chinese embassy in Delhi.
Sources said that the high speed trains have proved immensely successful and altogether as much as 312 railway stations have facilities to operate bullet trains in China.
Several commuters said they knew of Prime Minister Narendra Modi but "heard" Mr Modi did not speak to Chinese president Xi Jinping after terrorist attack earlier this year.
While such information is half baked and half-truth based specially from reading in local Chinese tabloids, a section of local people knew well of fresh developments in Sino-India relations and that two leaders PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping were 'great friends'. This school of thought remains optimistic that big break through may be made during PM Modi and President Xi Jinping talks in India soon.
One commuter was, however, not aware that India did not have high speed trains yet and said if the Government of India desired, the Chinese establishment would certainly provide advice and technical support for launch of bullet trains in India.
They also did not know that the Modi government has already tied up a pact with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the much ambitious Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train service. Earlier in the day, the visiting journalists went to a community rehabilitation centre, a dragon fruit farm and a processing unit. The southern city of Nanning is fast emerging as the busy hub of economic centre Guangxi autonomous region.
The Chinese officials also briefed the journalists on Wednesday on mega and unique Poverty Alleviation programme in Nanning. The city of Nanning is also called the ‘Green City of China’.
On Thursday, Indian journalists were taken to rural areas for practical work demonstration at Jinfu Dragon Fruit base in Dingdang town under Longan County. They were also taken to Zhendong’s centralised resettlement area where hundreds of people ‘after relocation’ have been or provided accommodation for a minimum payment.
The Indian journalists along with three visiting scribes from Nepal also visited Ba Gui Agricultural Technology Demonstration Centre in Guangxi region. The Ba Gui garden was set up as a support centre for a local agricultural studies college in Guangxi. (UNI)