China has launched the world's longest high-speed rail route. On the new 2,298-kilometres (1,425-mile) line passengers can travel between Beijing and Guangzhou in just eight hours – a big change compared to the 22 hours that were previously required.
Trains travel at an average speed of 300 kilometres per hour over the line. The fast bullet train stops in major cities such as Zhengzhou, Wuhan on the Yangtze River and Changsha. The Beijing-Guangzhou route was made possible with the completion of a line between Zhengzhou and Beijing. High-speed sections linking Zhengzhou and Wuhan and Wuhan and Guangzhou were already in service.
China's high-speed rail network was established in 2007, but has fast become the world's largest with 8,358 kilometres of track at the end of 2010. That is expected to almost double to 16,000 kilometres by 2020.
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