Beijing, China (4E) – China on Wednesday launched world’s longest high-speed rail route – a milestone, which will reduce passengers’ journey between Beijing and Guangzhou from previous 22 hours to eight hours.
First train left Beijing West Railway Station at 9:00a.m. and reached Guangzhou at about 5:00 p.m., while another train from Guangzhou arrived in Beijing at 6:00p.m.
The trains on new 2,298-kilometre line stopped at four stations Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Wuhan on the Yangtze River and Changsha. State broadcaster China Central Television broadcast the launch live from its starting to end point. In between, it carried live reports inside the train all through the day.
China chose December 26 for the date of launch to mark the 119th birth anniversary of revered leader Mao Zedong.
China established its first high-speed rail network in 2007 and in just a short span of five years it has become the world’s largest network. Currently, China operates 9,300km of high-speed railways with the aim to jump to 50,000km by 2020.