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Shanghai-Kunming High-speed Railway

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China's Major East-west High-speed Railway Starts Operation 

 

Updated on 2016-12-29

 

 

China on Wednesday put one of the world's longest high-speed railways into operation, linking the country's prosperous eastern coast with the less-developed southwest.

The Shanghai-Kunming line -- 2,252 km in length -- traverses five provinces, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guizhou and Yunnan, and cuts the travel time from Shanghai to Kunming, capital city of Yunnan Province, from 34 to 11 hours, according to China Railway Corporation.

 

The maximum speed is 330 km per hour, said Wang Jingda, a train driver.

 

"Look son, the train is travelling at 160, 200, 300 km per hour. It is so fast," said a father on the train.

 

A girl at Kunming railway station told Xinhua she is excited because she can now join her husband every day, with a short 40 minute ride. The two live in different cities 235 km apart.

 

The Shanghai-Kunming line is the longest east to west high-speed railway in China. The north to south 2,298-km Beijing-Guangzhou line is even longer and started in 2012.

 

China has built more than 20,000 km of high-speed rail lines. The mileage will increase to 45,000 km by 2030. The launch of the Shanghai-Kunming line means the country's high-speed rail grid has taken shape, connecting almost all provincial-level regions on the Chinese mainland.

 

On Wednesday another high-speed rail line, linking Kunming and Nanning, capital of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, was launched.

 

Yunnan is home to 25 indigenous ethnic minorities. Attendants on the Shanghai-Kunming line are trained to be multilingual. One of the attendants Yang Yanzhu, for example, speaks eight local languages.

 

TOURISM DRIVE 

 

The Shanghai-Kunming line has been touted by some as the most beautiful high-speed railway route in China as many of the train stops are tourist sites. Yunnan, itself, is a big draw for Chinese tourists as the region boasts snow-capped mountains, canyons, tropical forests, and ethnic villages.

 

Trains have contributed to a tourist boom in several southwest cities in the past few years.

 

Last year, about 75 percent of visitors to Guilin, a tourist city in Guangxi region, arrived by train, said Vice Mayor Zhang Xiaowu. The inland city has been linked to Guangzhou, the provincial capital of Guangdong, since 2013.

 

Huang Zhihao, an official in Guangzhou's neighboring city of Foshan, said local travelers to Guizhou increased seven-fold, while those to Guangxi rose 67 percent in 2015.

 

After the launch of the Shanghai-Kunming line, the annual growth of Kunming's tourist arrivals is expected to double, according to Kunming Municipal Tourism Development Commission.

 

"Yunnan tourism will get a boost. People can reach their destinations faster and spend more time relaxing," said Ming Qingzhong with Yunnan University of Finance and Economics.

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

Besides tourism, the rail line connects Yunnan with one of the country's most vibrant economic powerhouses -- the Shanghai-centered Yangtze River Delta economic zone.

 

The size of the Yunnan economy was about half that of Shanghai in 2015. Local governments and business people expect the connection may help the land-locked provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou to develop.

 

Yunnan's border trade with Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam is also expected to get a lift.

 

"It will be faster for us to travel on high-speed trains," said Chandara, a Laotian businessman. "I am so excited."

 

The developed regions have advantages in capital, technology and talent, while Guangxi and Guizhou are rich in resources.

 

With rail lines improving connectivity, the southwest cities eye increasing investment and migration for jobs.

 

In Guizhou's city of Duyun, over 100 furniture factories from Guangzhou opened stores there after the train service was launched three years ago.

 

And the government has since ramped up training to help young locals to seek jobs in the Pearl River Delta, the country's manufacturing hub.

 

Source: Xinhua

 

In Pics: Shanghai-Kunming High-speed Railway Put into Service  

 

Updated on 2016-12-29 

 

 

 The Shanghai-Kunming high-speed railway line starts full operation on Dec. 28, 2016. The first bullet train G4121 of the line departs from Changsha South Railway Station to Kunming at 8:30 AM the same day.

 

 

The photos taken on Dec. 28, 2016 show passengers take the first bullet train G4121 running from Changsha to Kunming.

 

 

Bullet Train G4121 punctually arrives in Kunming at 14:37 on Dec. 28, 2016.

 

Chinese source:hunan.gov.cn

 

 

Shanghai-Kunming High-speed Railway to Start Full Operation on Dec. 28

 

Updated on 2016-12-28

 

The Guiyang-Kunming section will be open to traffic on December 28, marking the complete operation of Shanghai-Kunming High-speed Railway, as was announced by China Railway Corporation on Dec. 25, 2016. Changsha will initially launch the high-speed direct trains, G4121/4 and G4123/2 to Kunming on Dec. 28 that will take 6 hours and 7 minutes and 6 hours and 17 minutes respectively to the terminus with a second-class ticket fare of 498.5 yuan.

The train of G4121/4 sets off from Changsha South Railway Station at 8:30, stops over Shaoshan South Station, Loudi South Station, Huaihua South Station, Zhijiang Station, and Xinhuang West Station of Hunan Province before entering into Guizhou and Yunnan Province, and arrives at the terminal of Kunming South Station at 14:37.

The train of G4123/2 departs from Changsha South Railway Station at 15:05, stops over Xiangtan North Station, Loudi South Station, Shaoyang North Station, Huaihua South Station, and Zhijiang Station of Hunan Province before entering into Guizhou and Yunnan province, and arrives at the terminal of Kunming South Station at 21:22.

After the full operation of the Shanghai-Kunming High-speed Railway, passengers can get access to Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, and Tianjin municipalities and 15 provinces and autonomous region including Guangdong, Guangxi, Hubei, Henan, Hebei, Shaanxi, Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guizhou, Sichuan, Shandong, Anhui, and Yunnan by high-speed direct trains departed from Changsha.

Chinese source: hunan.gov.cn

 

 

Hunan to Promote Golden Travel Routes along Shanghai-Kunming High-speed Railway

 

Updated on 2017-01-03 

 

According to the Hunan Provincial Tourism Development Committee, Hunan will, insisting on innovation, opening up and cooperation, strengthen tourism marketing and promote golden travel routes along the Shanghai-Kunming High-speed Railway, in order to attract tourists from home and abroad for the charm of "Splendid Xiaoxiang".

On Dec. 28, 2016, China put into full operation one of the world's longest high-speed railways——Shanghai-Kunming High-speed Railway, linking the country's prosperous eastern coast to the less-developed southwest. The Shanghai-Kunming line -- 2,252 km in length -- traverses the five provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guizhou and Yunnan, and cuts travel time from Shanghai to Kunming from 34 to 11 hours, according to China Railway Corporation.

 

There are 53 stations along the line, including 11 within Hunan territory. The Shanghai-Kunming High-speed Railway Hunan section is about 496 km in length, connecting Zhuzhou, Changsha, Xiangtan, Loudi, Shaoyang and Huaihua.

 

Chinese source:hunan.gov.cn

 

 

14 Pairs of High-speed Trains Added into Changsha Railway Operation

 

Updated on 2017-01-05

 

Starting from January 5, 2017 at 0 o’clock, the new railway operation diagram has taken effect in China.

According to the new diagram, Changsha South Railway Station has 14 more pairs of high-speed passenger trains, including 7 pairs originating trains towards Kunming (five pairs), Yantai (one pair), Yongzhou (one pair), and Futian (one pair). The added trains will successively start operation from the day on.
From today on, Changsha South Railway Station operates 454 high-speed trains bound for capital cities of 15 provinces and autonomous region, including Guangdong, Guangxi ,Hubei, Henan, Hebei, Shannxi, Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guizhou, Sichuan, Shandong, Anhui, and Yunnan, as well as municipalities of Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Chongqing.

The Shanghai-Kunming High-speed Railway line was put into full operation on December 28, 2016. The G4121/4 train takes only 6 hours and 7 minutes from Changsha to Kunming, while the fastest, G1525 starting from Wuhan, taking only 5 hours from Changsha to Kunming South Station.

Beginning from today, six pairs of high-speed trains will be operated between Changsha and Kunming, including newly-added five pairs (G2111/6, G2115/20, G2117/22, G2119/12, and G2121/14), and one pair serving extension line (G2113/8).

Chinese source: m.voc.com.cn

 

 

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