China has introduced a new train with magnetic levitation technology, which will develop a maximum speed of up to six hundred kilometers per hour.
The state media said on Tuesday that this train is fully developed and manufactured in China and is the fastest means of land transport in the world.
The so-called maglev, as it is abbreviated by the train on the principle of magnetic levitation, uses electromagnetic forces. It floats just above the track, but does not touch the rails.
China has been using this technology on a limited scale for almost twenty years. Shanghai has a short route for the maglev, which leads from one local airport to the city.
However, there are no maglev tracks in the country yet between cities or provinces where higher speeds could be put to good use.
However, some cities, such as Shanghai and Chengdu, have begun research to build such a line.
At six hundred kilometers per hour, the train journey from Beijing to Shanghai would take only two and a half hours, Reuters reported.
By comparison, currently this journey takes three hours by plane and five and a half hours by high-speed train.
Several countries, from Japan to Germany, are also trying to create a network for magnetic levitation trains.
However, obstacles to rapid development are still high costs and the fact that these lines are not compatible with the current rail infrastructure.