Latest News:  


Train journey into history

By Zhao Lei (China Daily)

08:31, December 27, 2012

In a throwback to another era, an attendant whistles for passengers to board the high-speed train for Beijing at Guangzhou South Railway Station on Wednesday. The train was set for its maiden journey on the world’s longest high-speed track. Ke Xiaojun / China News Service

China Daily reporter Zhao Lei watches the countryside hurtle past as he travels in comfort and style on the world's longest high-speed rail link.

The train left Beijing, with patches of snow dotting the capital, at 9 am on Wednesday before it whizzed past green rice fields when it crossed the Yangtze River four hours later. At 5 pm, it arrived in flower-dotted, subtropical Guangzhou, where the temperature was 20 C higher than in Beijing when the trip began.

The world's longest high-speed rail link, connecting Beijing and Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, became fully operational on Wednesday.

The 2,298-km line cuts the journey time from more than 20 hours to around eight and connects 28 cities, including five provincial capitals.

The designated speed of the route is 350 km/h, although the initial operating speed is around 300 km/h.

Fifteen minutes after the bullet train departed from Beijing West Railway Station, the speedometer hit 300 km/h and the speed was maintained for almost the entire journey, the exception being the section between Xuchang in Henan province and Hengdian in Hubei province, because of heavy snow.

The CRH380A(L) train, which is in service on the new line, has undergone extensive tests around the country, so its reliability is assured, said Wu Donghua, a senior engineer at CSR Sifang Co, one of China's biggest manufacturers of bullet trains.

【1】 【2】 【3】

We recommend:

Riding on BJ-GZ high-speed railway

The spending of China's rich

More Chinese cities see home price rise

Santa is coming and China takes a lot more notice

Harbin-Dalian high-speed railway starts operation

Nanjing Yangtze Fourth Bridge to open


Related Reading

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. "Zhoushan" warship in training

  2. Officers and men in winter training

  3. Splendid moments in 2012

  4. 89 children rescued in trafficking crackdown

  5. Unremitting scientific exploration

  6. Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed railway opens

  7. World's hottest supermodels in 2012

  8. The sexiest female athletes of 2012

Most Popular


  1. Time to abandon obsession with theme parks
  2. No grand glory, but plenty to cheer about
  3. Optimism over China's economy surfaces
  4. Internet gaming: 'A winning gamble'
  5. People have right to know what chickens eat
  6. Catchwords in memory in 2012
  7. Why the young Chinese get physically weaker
  8. Why Discover China is popular in the West
  9. The laughter sounds too harsh
  10. Do not confuse Confucious with Santa Claus

What’s happening in China

Ministry urges school safety after fatal van crash

  1. China to monitor students' fitness nationwide
  2. Military liquor ban drops shares
  3. China helps migrant workers get train tickets
  4. China convicts nearly 30,000 for IPR crimes
  5. Tobacco control plan criticized as 'weak'