Published on : Friday, January 6, 2017
The train, named “Shangri-la of the World,” left Kunming at 11:05 a.m. on a 2,760-km trip to Beijing, which takes about 13 hours.
A ticket for a second-class seat on the train from Kunming to Beijing costs 1,147.5 yuan (USD166).
The maximum speed is 330 km per hour, Wang Jinda, a train driver was quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency.
The train’s name highlights the world famous resort in Shangri-la of Yunnan, a name first appearing in British novelist James Hilton’s “Lost Horizon.”
The launch of the Shanghai-Kunming line means the country’s high-speed rail grid has taken shape, connecting almost all provinces on the Chinese mainland.
China is also aggressively marketing its bullet train technology in different countries, including India.