China Railway announced on Sunday that 59 new high-speed train services, including Hefei-Fuzhou, Shanghai-Kunming, and Beijing-Shanghai, will go into operation on July 1.
The new Hefei-Fuzhou high-speed train will carry passengers to Fuzhou, Xiamen and Shenzhen, while the Shanghai-Kunming high-speed trains will deliver riders to Guizhou in just nine hours.
The new high-speed trains will also bring passengers to Huangshan, Wuyishan and other popular tourist destinations, in some cases cutting the trip time in half.
With the new services, China Railways says it hopes to reduce traffic jams during the notorious high seasons.
Here are the updated trip times for some of the more popular destinations departing from Shanghai:
Shanghai to Huangshan will take 4 hours 46 minutes instead of 10 hours 50 minutes.
Shanghai to Wuyishan will take 3 hours and 17 minutes instead of 9 hours and 13 minutes.
Shanghai to Fuzhou will take 4 hours and 32 minutes instead of 6 hours and 33 minutes.
Shanghai to Xiamen will take 6 hours and 24 minutes instead of 8 hours and 8 minutes.
Prices for the new high-speed routes have not yet been made available.
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By Sharon Choi