Good news: China’s eight major high-speed lines project – “four horizontal and four vertical” has taken shape with several new lines’ operation on December 28, 2013, including Guilin–Beijing line, Xiamen-Shenzhen line and Shanghai-Harbin line.
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High-speed service reduces the travel time from Guilin, picturesque city in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, to Beijing from 26 hours to 10.5 hours. And Amazingly, this time there are totally four new lines opened in Guangxi. Given that Guangxi is the only region in China linked to Southeast Asia, international travelers and businessmen (especially those from Southeast Asian Nations) will also be benefited from these newly high-speed railways in easy reach of the country’s capital city Beijing or Guangxi’s other ethnic group regions, like Liuzhou and Nanning.
Another remarkable railway is from Xiamen to Shenzhen, which rails along Xiaman, Shantou, Shenzhen and other five cities in Fujian and Guangdong provinces, and connects Shanghai and Hangzhou in eastern China. Xiamen-Shenzhen high speed railway runs at 200 km per hour, and takes only 3.5 hours instead of around 12 hours before. This will surely promote the economic development along the railway and greatly alleviate the traffic pressure.
High-speed railway from Shanghai to Harbin also began operation on Dec 28, cutting passengers’ travel time to less than 13 hours. It runs between Shanghai’s Hongqiao Station and frigid cities in the northeast China: Harbin, Changchun, Shenyang and Dalian…
All together 68 train services have been put on the new schedule. Now China has the largest high speed railway network worldwide with over 10,000 km of route in service (which is expected to hit 19,000 km by 2015), including the world’s longest line, the 2,298 km Beijing–Guangzhou High-Speed Railway, which carries nearly 100 million people at its first year.