Have you ever been on a really fast train? This is a picture of one of Taiwan's new high speed trains.
Right now it takes four hours to get from Taipei to Kaohsiung. That's the same amount of time you spend in classes in the morning. When the new trains start running it will only take one and a half hours. That's just a little longer than it takes to eat lunch and have a nap!
The train can travel at 300km an hour. That's pretty fast! Because the train passes through a lot of countryside there will be special crossings for animals.
There are a lot of different types of high speed trains in the world. The ones in Taiwan are like the Shinkansen trains in Japan. They have been specially made for Taiwan because Taiwan is hotter than Japan. Also the countryside in Taiwan is different so the trains have to be different from the Japenese trains. The Taiwanese trains can also move faster than the Japanese ones which only go at 285km an hour. Way to go Taiwan! (CATHERINE THOMAS, STAFF WRITER)
1. spend v.i. /v.t.
花錢 (hua1 qian2)，花時間 (hua1 shi2 jian1)
例: Claire spends a lot of time doing her hair in the morning.
2. run v.i. /v.t.
營運 (ying2 yun4)，運轉 (yun4 zhuan3)
例: When will the computer be up and running?
3. countryside n.
鄉間 (xiang1 jian1)
例: The English countyside is famous for its beauty.