High-Speed Train Service between Beijing and Shanghai to Start in June
By the end of June this year, travelers will be able to take much faster trains to get from Beijing to Shanghai and vice versa. The new high-speed rail between the two largest cities of China has been completed and the launching of passenger service is just about three months away.
Measured 1,318 km (819 mi) in length, the new fast rail line is the longest of its kind in China. Once the bullet train service is in operation, rail travel time between Beijing and Shanghai will be reduced by about half, from the current 9 nine hours to less than 5 hours. The trains will be running at speeds as high as 350 km (217 mi) per hour. Currently it takes just a little over two hours to fly from Beijing to Shanghai. It is estimated that on a given over 200,000 travelers will ride the Beijing-Shanghai high speed trains.
A total of 24 stations are built on the new rail line. Among the cities serviced by the high-speed trains are Tianjin, Jinan, Qufu (Confucius' hometown), Nanjing, Zhenjiang, Changzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou, and Kunshan.