Maglev is a system of train transportation that uses two sets of magnets, one set to repel and push the train up off the track, then another set to move the ‘floating train’ ahead at great speed taking advantage of the lack of friction.

Ding Sansan, deputy chief engineer Said that a trip from Beijing to Shanghai that takes about four and a half hours by plane, including preparation time for the journey, and about five and a half hours by high-speed rail, might last only three and a half hours on the maglev.

However, before it takes any passengers, the new train, built in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao, is scheduled to undergo a period of extensive testing.

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