With the upcoming new high speed train between Shanghai and Kunming, Yunnan Province, in the relatively isolated Southwest China, will soon enter the national high-speed rail system and be more easily accessible. Another good news from China Railway Administration is that Guangxi’s several cities will be also connected with Yunnan by high speed rail. The fastest high speed train from Guilin to Kunming takes only 4h 38min!
After the completion and opening of Shanghai Kunming HSR and Yunnan Guangxi HSR, there will be 6 bullet trains running daily between Kunming and Guilin. It will benefit locals and travelers a lot. Firstly, it reduces the normal train journey time from over 19hours to around 5 hours. Secondly, it reduces the travel cost on transportation if taking the high speed train instead of flight, since the high-speed train ticket will be much lower than the full air fare of ￥1150rmb .
However, the exact high-speed train schedule, ticket prices and routes will only be announced one month before the official launch.
Yunnan highlights: The province is rich in breathtaking natural scenery. There are holy snow mountain such as Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang and Meili Snow Mountain in Shangri-La, natural wonders such as Stone Forest in Kunming, beautiful plateau lake such as Lugu Lake in Lijiang and Erhai Lake in Dali, as well as spectacular terraced fields in Yuanyang and tropical rainforest in Xishuangbanna. Besides, Yunnan inhabits 51 ethnic minority groups, visit some of the old towns to experience old folklore and distinguished local minority cultures.
Guangxi highlights: Guilin and Yangshuo are the top travel destinations in Guangxi, featuring amazing Karst landscape of limestone hills and caves. Longji Terraced Fields and Li River are also the must-see sights. Guangxi is also ideal for minority culture exploration. In many villages, the Zhuang, Yao and Dong people live a very traditional life and keep the unique customs. Other highlight attractions include Bama Longevity Village, Detian Waterfall and Mingshi Scenic Area.