High-speed train to offer 8 hour Shenzhen-Beijing trip
2012-August-7 Source: Szdaily web edition
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IT will take about eight hours to travel from Shenzhen to Beijing when the entire length of a multi-section high-speed train line opens at the end of the year.

High-speed train service from Shenzhen to Wuhan will be extended north to Zhengzhou Station when the Wuhan-Zhengzhou section opens, which is planned for September, the Ministry of Railways said.

A rail section between Zhengzhou and Anyang in Henan Province has passed tests using speeds up to 350 kilometers per hour.

Ministry officials said tests along 1,000 kilometers of the northern section of the Beijing-Shenzhen rail, between Beijing and Wuhan, will be completed at the end of the year. The 2,372 kilometers between Beijing and Shenzhen could be traveled in as few as eight hours if trains run at 300 kilometers per hour.

The opening of the entire Beijing-Shenzhen line is expected to pose a threat to airlines, as many residents are hoping fares for high-speed trains will be less expensive than airfares.

It currently takes 24 to 29 hours to travel from Shenzhen to Beijing on regular trains T108 and K106, which charge 200 yuan (US$32) for a seat and 400 yuan for a hard sleeper.

The trip takes about three hours by air, but can cost 1,750 yuan for an economy seat. Many airlines offer discounts for one-way flights between the two cities.

Editor: Olivia
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