World’s Longest High-Speed Rail Line Opens in China

by Lidija Grozdanic, 12/26/12

Today China officially unveiled the world’s longest high-speed rail line! The 2,298-kilometer (1,428-mile) railway connects Beijing in the north to Guangzhou in the south, and it more than halves the travel time between the two cities. Trains running on the new high-speed line hit 300 kph (186 mph), cutting the total journey time by more than 12 hours.

The line officially opened Wednesday when a train departed from Beijing at 9 a.m. for Guangzhou. Another train left Guangzhou for Beijing an hour later. The major stops along the way between China’s capital and Guangzhou in the south will include provincial capitals Shijiazhuang, Wuhan and Changsha. According to the official Xinhua News Agency, citing the Ministry of Railways, more than 150 pairs of high-speed trains will run on the new line every day.

Read more: World's Longest High-Speed Rail Line Opens in China | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

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