Xian: Terracotta warriors and beyond; Edu Jarque; The Philippine Star

China – Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor

MANILA, Philippines – On our way to the Beijing West Railway Station on a cold early morning, just as the city began to stir, we saw early fitness buffs running, jogging, walking and stretching. We boarded the silver bullet train on the very first trip of the day for the 1,250-kilometer trip to Xian.

We quickly sank into the comfortable chairs – which reminded us of airline business class seats – and initially admired the beautiful scenery, which soon turned into nothing but a blur due to the extreme acceleration that peaked at 300 kilometers per hour. Though we moved at an unbelievable pace, we barely felt any motion. We could easily compare it to Japan’s shinkansen or Spain’s Renfe high-speed trains.

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