Building Big top 10 in China

09:12, December 20, 2010      

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Editors' Note: China has a tradition of building big. Tracing back to the Great Wall and the splendid imperial palaces, the ancient Chinese were addicted to the massive impact created by building gigantic constructions.

China never stopped constructing, especially after the government injected four trillion yuan to the market to stimulate the economy two years ago. The country's people decided to let the tradition continue by building new construction wonders in the cradle of civilization.

Following are 10 examples of how Chinese people endured the great legacy in the passing year:

1. Beijing-Shanghai in four hours

A train of China Railway High-Speed (CRH) is ready for a test running at a railway station in Xuzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, Dec. 3, 2010. In September, the China-made CRH380A train hit a speed of 416.6 kilometers per hour on a test run to set a new world train speed record. It is expected to exceed the record at this test running, which will be held at a section of the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed railway. (Xinhua/Chen Shugen)

Track-laying work for the long-anticipated Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway was completed in late November.

"The project has entered its last stage," Lu Chunfang, vice-minister of railways, said at a ceremony to celebrate the latest success in the city of Bengbu, situated in the center of the railway line.

Since the project kicked off on April 18, 2008, some 135,000 workers have toiled to lay 1,318 km of high-quality tracks. The railway costs 220.94 billion yuan ($33.29 billion) in total and will shorten the travel from roughly ten hours to four hours.

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