For those of you who are eagerly anticipating to shorten their trip from Shanghai to Beijing – it’s good news. The world’s fastest train began a trial journey on Sunday. The trial covers the Shanghai section of the train – 645 kilometers connecting Zaozhuangxi in Shandong province to Hongqiao in Shanghai.
Trains travelling that sector can reach speeds of 486 kilometers per hour. The trial is expected to be completed by May. The Beijing to Shanghai line is China’s longest high-speed rail line. It covers more than 13-hundred kilometers and connects two major economic zones in the Bohai Sea Rim and the Yangtze River Delta. The 1,318-km railway costs 220.94 billion yuan ($33.29 billion) in total.
China now leads the world with 7,431 km of high-speed railways in operation. The long-anticipated high-speed train is expected to be in operation in June. It will shorten the trip between Beijing and Shanghai from 10 hours to less than four hours.