Hefei, Anhui Province: With a top speed of 300 Km/h, China ran a high-speed train between the capitals of Anhui and Fujian provinces, thus kick starting commercial operations on Sunday, cutting the travel time between a number of cities.
With a top speed of 300 km/h, this is China’s first high-speed railway across mountainous areas between Hefei (Anhui Province) and Fuzhou (Fujian Province).
The railway will cut travel times between Fuzhou and Hefei from eight hours to four, according to railway authorities.
Threading through many of popular tourist destinations including Yellow Mountain (Huangshan) in Anhui, Sanqing Mountain in Jiangxi and Wuyi Mountain in Fujian, the railway has been called the “most beautiful high-speed railway” in China.
The Hefei-Fuzhou high-speed railway was the most difficult to build in terms of topography, with 85.8% of the track built on bridges or in tunnels, Ye Bingcheng, chief designer of the Hefei-Fuzhou Railway.
As part of the longer high-speed railway between Fuzhou and Beijing, it cuts the travel time between the two cities from the original of more than 10 hours to under eight hours.
Crossing or running parallel to 16 other railways, the new railway will help cut travel time between Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province, and Hefei from seven hours to four hours, cut the travel time between Nanchang and Guiyang, capital of Guizhou province, from the original 18 and a half hours to five hours.
After China’s first bullet train shot from the assembly line in 2008, high-speed rail has expanded prodigiously with over 16,000 kilometers of fast track in operation and another 10,000 kilometers under construction.