New Railway Connects More Cities in China’s Economic Zones
The recently completed Xiamen-Shenzhen High Speed Railway opened and will connect the three special economic zones of China which will include Shantou. The opening of the new line marks the completion of the 1,650 kilometer railway network on the China southeastern coast thus providing the first rail service to eight counties in Guangdong and Fujian provinces.
The first train D2286 from Shenzhen to Hongqiao was filled with more than a thousand passengers including Guangdong Party chief Hu Chunhua, Shenzhen Party Chief Wang Rong, Guangdong Governor Zhu Xiaodan, and Shenzhen mayor Xu Qin. The train left the Shenzhen North Railway Station at around 9:55 am and arrives at Xiamen North Railway Station by 1:55 pm, then left and arrived Shanghai by 10:15 pm and the total fare for the whole trip was only 478.50 yuan. The trip between Shenzhen and Xiamen usually takes eight hours by bus but is shorten to four hour when taking the high speed railway.
The rail network will extends from Shanghai and Guangzhou thus providing a new travel connection in the Yangtze and Pearl River deltas. China’s railway network now tops 100,000 kilometers as new railways are being linked which include the Chong-qing- Lichuan railway and the Xi’an-Baoji high speed railway.