High-Speed Train Service between Beijing and Guangzhou Set to Start on Dec. 26

Until most recently, it would take at least 20 hours for someone to go by train from Beijing to Guangzhou. That will change soon. When a new line of high-speed service begins on December 26, train travel time between Beijing and Guangzhou will be cut to just 8 hours or so.

Measured 2,294 km in total length, the newly completed Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed rail (the Chinese call it Jing Guang Gao Tie) is the longest of its kind in the world. It connects two of China’s largest cities, along with some major cities in between, such as Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, and Changsha. It also extends farther south to reach the city Shenzhen, with a plan to for it to reach Hong Kong in a few years. Sections of the Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed rail have been put into service previously, including train runs between Zhengzhou and Wuhan as well as those between Wuhan and Guangzhou.

The designed operating speed for Beijing-Guangzhou trains is 350 km/h. In the initial stage of the service, trains will run at a lower 300 km/h. It is estimated that a 2nd class ticket will cost roughly ¥1,000; a 1st class ticket, ¥1,500.