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Q: Which is the safer mode of transport in China: airplanes or high-speed trains?

The recent train crash near Wenzhou, together with all the problems the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail has been having, has kinda got me thinking... is train travel in China really the safer option or are the quality and safety standards more likely to be compromised by corruption?
I can't help but feel that a terrible crash with the Shanghai-Beijing high-speed trains is just a matter of time....

6 years 17 weeks ago in  Health & Safety - China

 
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We have an old saying " if u only want something to be done quick, u probably will not get ur goal." Yu Su Ze Bu Da.
it happens all the time, and about safe, it's hard to say, people die everyday by different way……

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Lolita, I do not mean to sound cynical, but, it really does not matter. When it is your turn to die, you will die no matter in a plane, train, walking or sleeping.

I just do not want to be in a plane when it is the pilot's turn to die. lol

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Statistically planes are the safest mode of transport known to man...so I would stick to planes. The only problem is if a plane crashes, then you will probably die...just make sure to sit in the back!

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For me,Airplane is the safest way to travel in china being that i've never hear any air crash within china.

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nixoncutie, how long have u been in China?
Last year in August there is a big air crush happened in China, no one survived, flight from Qingdao to Harbin I think. Right after I came back, and my mum wouldn't let me take the flight but train to go from Qingdao to Inner Mongolia, tragic for me.
Just google it.

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Le Government Chinoise covers up a hell of a lot of traffic accidents, including but not limited to, train, motor vehicle, subway and aeroplane travel. So it's really hard to get accurate statistics on how many fatal crashes there are per year.
I'd say probably three times more than what gets reported.

If you are really panicking, you should just walk, but it will take a lot longer than both train and plane. There's always riding a donkey, but statistically you are more likely to get kicked to death by a donkey than die in a plane crash. (check link for proof)

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air better

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I'd say they're both equally dangerous. Chinese airliners crash pretty often. At least a few a year. But with poor construction quality and a higher volume of people using them the trains are most likely to cause greater deaths.

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beaufortninja is wrong! Chinese airline crash record is not a few a year but once every several years in the last 10-15 years. It isn't one the worst airlines in term of safety. Do some research!

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Everything that moves is not safe in China, from escalates to e bikes, without proper maintenance nothing is safe. As it stands now i would say a plan is going to be safer as they need to obey international regulations where trains only need Chinese regs to obey.

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Come on thumbs down everything I say. rnrnPlease I like it thumbs down some more.

 
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@george

Planes crash all the time. They just happen to do it more often in China. Perhaps YOU should do some research. Maybe clicked on those 2 sources from my earlier post. I believe that counts as research.

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