The Harbin-Shanghai high-speed train service opened officially on Saturday, Xinhua reports, with the new line cutting traveling time down from 32 hours to 13 hours.
A total of 30 new high-speed train services to northern China were scheduled to be opened today, departing from Shanghai at the Hongqiao Railway Station going to cities like Harbin, Changchun, Shenyang and Dalian.
Shanghai Daily reports:
The new trains between Shanghai and Harbin will stop in Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou, Nanjing, Xuzhou, Jinan, Tianjin, Shenyang and Changchun.
The bureau also said it will temporarily adjust the schedule on busy routes between Shanghai and Beijing, Ningbo, Hangzhou and other cities for the annual Spring Festival travel rush.
Last year over the Spring Festival, China saw 3.42 billion trips being made using public transport. The country’s railways saw 240 million trips, up from 220 million in the same span of time the previous year.
Last Monday, passengers could start purchasing train tickets online or by phone for the first day of the “chunyun”, the travel rush period around Spring Festival (January 16- February 24).