New railway marks 20,000-km record
A new high-speed railway linking East and Central China has opened, pushing the total length of high-speed track in service to more than 20,000 kilometers (12,427 miles) in China, the most in the world.
The new 360-km (223-mile) line that opened on Sept 10 links Zhengzhou, Henan province, with Xuzhou, Jiangsu province.
The Xuzhou-Lanzhou railway is one of China’s four mostimportant railways from east to west, which will link Asia and Europe and play a key role in the Belt and Road strategy, he added.
People can commute between Shanghai and Zhengzhou in four hours, cutting 2 hours and 47 minutes from the trip.Travel between Shanghai and Xi’an was also reduced to 6 hours.