Are you willing to ride a Chinese-made plane and high-speed rail?
William Regan, I've been living in China for seven years.
I often ride their high speed trains. No problems — only the occasional delay. They’re comfortable, offer a smooth ride, and can even be quicker than airplanes (1. There are many flight delays in China. 2. It takes an hour to get to the airport while only 15–30 minutes to get to the railway station. 3. No need to worry about getting there an hour early for check in)
For airplanes, I’m already a little picky about the ones I take. I like to take planes that maximize leg space (for economy… or “economy plus”). Overall, I’m more selective about non-stop vs. layover flights. I like to spend as little time as I can flying — since its such a tiring and draining experience for me.
Overall, I’d trust their planes because the accepted failure rate must be extremely low
（1. 在中国飞机晚点很普遍。2. 到机场需要一个小时行程，而到火车站只需15-30分钟。3.不用折腾着提前一小时去办理登机手续。）
Jonathan Poh, Senior Front-end Developer at Veracode (2018-present)
Are you willing to use a Chinese-made mobile phone or computer, or drive in a car that has a Chinese-made engine?
You probably already are.
Apple iPhones are fairly well known for being manufactured by FoxConn in China, but Google Pixel phones are made by HTC, a Taiwanese () company. (Source: Pixel (smartphone) - Wikipedia) . BMW also has an engine plant in China (source: BMW opens first engine plant in China )
So, would I fly in a Chinese plane or ride on a Chinese high-speed train? Sure I would, and probably will at some point in my life.
Robin Matthews, works at Shearman & Sterling
I often travel on high speed trains in china. They had initial problems which have been fixed. Most of the tech was ripped off from the West and Japan (google it if you want to argue then argue). So the trains are underlyingly fine.
With planes you can assume it’s the same game. The tech will be Boeing / airbus reverse engineered into smallish unambitious passenger planes.
China is going to be the next Japan in this regard.
Back in the 1950s Japanese goods were thought of as shoddy in quality. By the 1980s they were far ahead of others. My fully Japanese built Yamaha looks and rides like new after 30 years even today. Their manufacturing is legendary.
Chinese products too were thought of as shoddy a couple of decades back. Today, Chinese smart phones provide the latest technology at a fraction of the price and they are swamping their competition.
The top brands in the world get their stuff made in China (iPhone anyone?). Of course, due to corruption, if a particular project is built in a sub-standard way, how does that make every product from China substandard?
Btw, haven’t US and European planes crashed? So, did we refuse to fly a 747 or an Airbus after that?
Samit Basu, you are wrong and you didn’t check the fact before you post on QUORA. China’s high speed trains are not only operating in China, China has built one in Turkey, one in Europe, two in Southeast Aisa. China’s C919 big airplanes got more than 500 orders, many from foreign countries . China H.S.T. run more than hundred thousand times, only had one accident . How you can say it’s not safe ??????
Kev Bugh, Been to Bejing, Shanghai, Hanzhou, Suzhou, Shenzhen, Macau, and Hong Kong.
I once rode a high speed bullet train in Shanghai, totally made in China. Back in 2013, it was one of the fastest trains in the world, if not the fastest. The ride was smooth and the cabin was quiet.Note that although China is stereotyped for making low quality, unreliable products, this is not always the case. Higher profile companies are usually very courteous about the quality of their product. A bad reputation can bring down the company to bankruptcy, especially niche companies like bullet train manufacturers.
Allen Ng, worked at Many Places in USA
Yes, I’ve taken the high speed train many times traveling in China. I hope you can also travel on this high speed system too so you could write a good posting of it. The very modern high speed trains are right on time schedule, very clean and very comfortable. In fact, I can say for sure, it is much more comfortable than taking an airplane here in the US; much much more comfortable. The seats are clean, wide and have room to stretch out your legs. You could walk the aisles without having to worry about the pilot telling you to sit and strap on your seat belt. There are snacks and food (including hot noodles) for sale at a snack bar so you don’t have to be hungry like on flying US airplanes. The snacks are cheap and much much better than the expensive piece of crap snacks offered on US airlines.
The speeds of these high speed trains are fast running at 300 KPH, fast enough to get to your destination quickly but also allowing you to enjoy the countryside scenery. I highly recommend all tourist traveling in China to use the high speed trains. It is cheaper than taking a plane to your destination. It allows much more comfort. It allows one to enjoy the sceneries of the countryside and see all the rivers and lakes along the way. Generally in tourist travels, one flies into a city, take a taxi to a hotel, and tour city destinations. A tourist generally miss out completely the charms and wonderful natural sceneries of the countryside.
I just have to say this negative thing about some of the negative postings and questioners here in Quora. They tend to come from some of the most ignorant hateful people on this earth who probably never even set foot on a Chinese high speed train, yet profess to know everything about everything.
Ka Basha, has been reading weibo to know about China directly
No problem. China is a world leader in transportation now and the accident rate of Chinese bullet trains is pretty low. You know they're well-built when the UK bought it.
I've always liked Chinese products, they look better than other brands like Korean ones
Mario Rossi, 5th year in China
Of course, i took the trains and would take the airplane without any problem, with joy if the ticket is cheap..
James Moe, Locomotive Engineer Union Pacific & previously Soo Line R.R.
I would have no problem with using aircraft or trains built in China, from what I've seen in recent years, China has made leaps and bounds in technology, and the few Chinese people I have interacted with in the past are disciplined with a good work ethic, so when tasked with building modern transportation, I feel they would do a good job.
Budirirai Chanyau, works at Paramount Pictures
When American company Boeing would not supply us with spare parts for our tried and tested 737–200s back in the early 2000s because we took our land from the Whites, we bought Chinese made Xian MA60 turbo pro air craft.
21世纪初，当美国波音公司因为我们从白人手中夺回我们的土地而拒绝为我们的737 - 200飞机提供备件时，我们采购了中国制造的西安MA60涡轮专业飞机。
In order to get many orders the Chinese were offering one for free if you buy 2 and Zimbabwe got three 11 years ago and they are still flying
Luca Yang, Master Economics, Fudan University (2019)
if the C-919 has made the airworthiness certificate in Europe and the United States?
For C-919, if she could get the certification from FAA, I would trust FAA.
As for high-speed rail, I’ve been traveling on it for a couple of years on a regular basis and still alive and sound, so there’s no reason not to trust it.
Suri Jay, works at United Nations
What ever in EU is made in China so what make any difference.
Don Scult, former Management Position
In my travels I have rode on Chinese made cars,motorcycles,Buses,Ships and even bicycles plus many different rail systems including subway cars in Shenzen,Canton and Shanghai also nearly at 300mph train in Shanghai all without incident!
Have yet to ride on a Chinese made Plane,but I would and also bet both Boeing and Airbus are made with numerous Chinese parts.
Anthony Dixon, Retired
I may avoid cheaply priced garments out sporting equipment made in China. However, I'd have no hesitation riding a complex product such as an airplane or bullet train. China has a huge, highly developed manufacturing and technology sector. No worries.
Xamba Yangzoim, Armchair General (2015-present)
There are not enough Chinese commercial airplanes to testify its safety record.
But as for Chinese HSR, it is the safest in the world. It only had one accident, better than anyone else.
Linda van den Berg, Brabant, Netherlands, Europe, Earth, Milky Way, Universe
Who gives a damn where it is designed and manufactured, as long as it complies with safety legislations, is eco-friendly, no humans were abused while manufacturing it and it is affordable?
What wasnt made in China these days? Regardless of your personal agenda with them, boycotting chinese products entirely can be a big challenge for most people.
Me, I dont care. I dont have more faith in non-Chinese anymore than I have with the Chinese. Humans are humans afterall
My first hybrid bike was a Schwinn Criss Cross, early 90’s, Chinese made. I think it was a better bike than the few years newer made in USA Trek Tracklight I ride now, it just had the “girl” (step-through) frame. I still regret selling it though. I’d imagine they probably make a pretty decent plane as well. As for HSR, why doesn’t Murika have one that would be the envy of the world?
我的第一辆混合动力自行车是90年代初中国制造的Schwinn Criss Cross。我认为这辆车比我现在骑的美国制造的晚上几年的Trek Tracklight更好，它只有“女式车”(单层)的框架。但我到现在还很后悔把它卖了。我想他们也能造出相当不错的飞机。至于高铁，为什么Murika没有能让全世界羡慕的高铁呢?
Spencer Wynn, Photographer | Educator | Visual Journalist
Of course! I have been a passenger on many Chinese planes and trains and find them to be as modern, reliable and safe as any I have ridden in in the west!
Shane Rooney, lives in China
I’m on the high speed rail right now.
All good so far.
Pro tip: if you are planning on a long train ride, either:
1.Book a sleeper cabin.
2.Bring a deck of cards and plenty of beer.
James Bond, Master Project Management, University of Sydney
You may or may not have been aware, China made a lot of railway carriages and engines for the world markets. And many different operators around the world uses the trains manufactured in China. The products are usually of very high standard as many countries have very stringent public transport and safety standards. This translate to design and manufacturing standards as well. So a rail operator will need to ensure they are buying the best quality (i.e. most safe, reliable, ease of maintenance) with the money available. So in short, the product that China produce will have to meet the operating country’s standards, and if the trains are procured through proper evaluation, then you can assume that the trains that are made in China are as good as any other manufacturers from other countries.
However, you may have the issue with the operators. The operators who order the products may not be at the standard of being able to operate as accordance to the manufacturer’s instructions or even to their own national safety standards. Even if they can, there are still operating errors, maintenance inadequacy, other environmental issues that make the train to become “unsafe”.
Just like most cars on the market, if the car is operated by a drunk and resulted in an accident, it is not the manufacturer who is at fault, it is the driver.