Less than 6.5 hours later, Shenzhou-15 reached Earth orbit and docked with Tiangong --a remarkably fast automated rendevous and docking. Everything about China's new space station has gone quickly. The first module was launched in April 2021 with rapid additions resulting in its completion only 18 months later. Tiangong is now about the size of Russia's old Mir space station.
The crew of Shenzhou-15 (Fei Junlong, Deng Qingming and Zhang Lu) are commencing the "permanent manned phase" of the program. If all goes according to plan, from now on Chinese astronauts will always be in space.