China opens 'most beautiful' high-speed railway line

(chinadaily.com.cn) Updated: 2017-01-04

Rail passengers in Shanghai from Thursday will be able to travel to the beautiful southwestern  province of Yunnan in just 11 hours, as China opens its latest high-speed railway connecting the eastern metropolis with Yunnan's capital, Kunming.


The Shanghai-Kunming Railway passes through some gorgeous countryside along its 2,266-kilometer route, leading many to dub it the most beautiful railway line in China. [Photo provided to China Daily]

From Jan 5, three China Railway High-speed (CRH) trains will depart daily from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station each morning, reaching Kunming the same evening.

The new railway will connect six provincial capital cities along its route from the east coast to the far southwest of the country, namely Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanchang, Changsha, Guiyang and Kunming.


New China Railway High-speed (CRH) trains that will be used on the new railway connecting Shanghai Hongqiao Station and South Kunming Station in Yunnan province sit in a storage facility, ready to begin operation on Jan 5. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Trains previously took 39 hours to complete the 2,266-kilometer journey, but the high-speed route will cut travel times to just 11 hours.

The railway will pass through many popular tourist cities and some spectacular countryside along the way, leading many to dub the new service the most beautiful railway line in China.

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