China gets new bullet train linking Xi’an and Chengdu

Published on : Thursday, December 7, 2017

thailand-china-agree-on-railwaysA brand new bullet train that links Xi’an and Chengdu commenced its operations on Wednesday minimizing travel time between the two historic cities by nearly two-thirds.


The 658-kilometer high-speed line is the first to pass through the Qinling Mountains, the dividing line between China’s south and north that now flaunts a series of natural scenery and rare species of wildlife.


These 38 trains would initially run along the railway, 19 each way.


The speed would be of up to 250 kilometres per hour as per China Railway Corporation that is the network operator.


Travel by rail between Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi province and Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province is currently just a bit more than four hours, down from 11 hours utilizing the standard train services. This is expected to drop by another 30 minutes approximately in the following weeks.


But then, faster travel is also expensive.


The cheapest ticket for a seat on the high-speed train costs 263 yuan ($39.80) that is double the price of a slow train.


And the new line expands transportation capacity, to the northern part of the region of Sichuan-Chongqing that connects the Yangtze River area and the Bohai Sea rim according to Zhang Zongwei who is the head of the Sichuan section of the construction team of the railway.


Song Ying who is the deputy head of the railway construction team’s Shaanxi region mentioned that the new train line would go a long way in boosting the local economy along the railroad ad also help carry out the local development strategy and this would in turn improve the well-being of the people.


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