Saturday, December 26, 2009
China unveiled the fastest rail link service in the world on Saturday. The high-seed train connects the central city Wuhan with the southern economic hub Guangzhou at an average speed of 350 kilometres (217 miles) an hour. Traveling by train before from Wuhan to GuangZhou took about 10 hours, now it only takes 2 hours 40 min. "The train can go 394.2 kilometres per hour, it's the fastest train in operation in the world," Zhang Shuguang, head of the transport bureau at the railways ministry, told Xinhua. Xu Fangliang, general engineer in charge of designing the link, pointed out that the average for high-speed trains in Japan was 243 kilometres per hour while in France it was 277 kilometres per hour. It cost China 50 billion dollars and took 4 years to build this high-speed train. Chinese officials said they planned to build 42 high-speed lines by 2012.