Levitating to Shanghai

If you like flying then the fun doesn’t stop once you’ve landed at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai. You’ve another chance to fly 18 miles in 8 minutes on the Maglev train. This takes you to the outskirts of the city, where you can then connect with the metro or get a taxi to your hotel.

At a top speed of 431 km per hour, you’ll go as fast as any commercial train service anywhere in the world and at about half the cruising speed of the jet you’ve arrived in.


Magnetic levitation frees the train from the drag of friction. They’re also quieter and smoother than conventional trains. But the magnetic field makes your hair stand on end, so it is sensible to take a hat.

More on the Maglev: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Maglev_Train