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China’s high-speed rail developed rapidly over the past few years. Since 2016, China has possessed the world's most extensive high speed rail network. Famous for its convenience, safety, speediness and comfort, China high-speed railway now has been listed as China's "new four great inventions". (The other three are Aplipay, shared bicycles and online shopping.)
A few of major China high-speed rail lines have been put into operation in 2017, including Xi’an – Chengdu high-speed railway, Xiamen – Zhengzhou high-speed railway and Shijiazhuang – Jinan high-speed railway.
The following lines are due to open in 2018:
Currently, there are two sets of G category trains running between Huangshan and Hangzhou, taking around 3 hours. The high-speed railway between those two cities is under construction, and expected to be completed in 2018. After that, the journey time will be cut to 1.5 hours.
The Huangshan – Hangzhou high-speed railway will bring great convenience to popular scenic spots such as Fuchunjiang Forest Park, Qiandao Island and Huangshan Mountain.
Running through Shandong Province, Jinan – Qingdao high-speed rail is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. The journey time will be cut from 2.5 hours to just one hour.
Guangzhou – Shenzhen – Hong Kong bullet rail consists of two sections. The Guangzhou – Shenzhen section is operating now and the Shenzhen – Hong Kong section is due to be operating in the third quarter of 2018. The opening of this railway will bring great convenience to passengers traveling between Hong Kong and mainland China.
To read more information, click Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link.
Currently, there are only normal-speed trains running among Kunming, Dali and Lijiang. High-speed railway is planned to be completed by June, 2018. After that, it only takes 2 hours between Kunming and Dali, and 4 hours between Kunming and Lijiang, making it much more convenient to travel around Yunnan.