Railway transport is the most popular mass-transit solution in China.
High oil prices, as well as increased competition from low-cost carriers affects the relation between airlines and China’s massive and growing high-speed rail system.
China’s high-speed railway now exceeds 10,000 kilometers and is expected to hit 18,000 km by 2020.
The long term plan to expand the network to 272,000 km by 2050.
It is already transporting around 2 million passengers a day on trains that are rarely delayed, and which go nearly 350 km/h, twice as many passengers as domestic airlines.
China railway companies list
China Railway Corporation
Beijing Mass Transit Railway Operation Corporation Limited
Chinese Eastern Railway
Daqin Railway Company Limited
Guangshen Railway Company
China airline companies list
China Eastern Airlines
China Flying Dragon Aviation
China Southern Airlines
China United Airlines
China Xinhua Airlines