China wants to build a mega railway to the USA

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Bering Strait
The Bering Strait lies between Russia (on the left) and Alaska (on the right), and China plans to send the railway underneath the water to connect the two.

China is really starting to flex some technological power in the world, especially when it comes to trains. Even though it’s only been 5 years since the Chinese built their first high-speed line, they’re already offering railways to other countries like Laos, Cambodia, Peru, Chile, Ukraine, and Kenya. Now, China wants to expand its railway to the USA in a mega 8,000-mile plus project!

The proposed railway would cost a mind-boggling amount of money, require the most cutting-edge equipment and engineering imaginable, and cross several countries. Although travel from the USA to China can be easily handled by planes in a few hours, traveling by train would take days, so one would assume tickets might be cheaper for folks. Experts believe the train would move at an average speed of 220 miles per hour.

So, how exactly could it reach the USA? Well, the railway would run through northeastern China to Siberia, then to the Bering Strait, which is a sea passage located south of the Arctic Circle and between the easternmost point of Asia and westernmost edge of North America. Then, it’d dip underground to cut through the Pacific Ocean, connecting Russia to Alaska, before it cruises down south through Canada to arrive at the USA. The 125-mile tunnel under the ocean would be the hardest to construct, since it’s 4 times the length of the Channel Tunnel that connects the United Kingdom to France.

That’s not the only massive railway China is contemplating, either, since they’re already planning one that connects China to London, with stops at Paris in France, Berlin in Germany, and Moscow in Russia. Another line would link the countries of Iran and Turkey, while a fourth would connect China to Singapore, by traveling through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Malaysia.

Featured image courtesy of Boccaccio1 on Flickr.