Four Years Later, 664 Miles of Rail in China

A new high speed rail line has just opened in China, making a 664-mile connection between the cities of Guangzhou and Wuhan. The new line was constructed in four years.
December 28, 2009, 11am PST | Nate Berg
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The train hits an average speed of 217-miles per hour, but tops out at about 245 mph. Chinese officials are calling it the fastest train in the world.

"The super-high-speed train reduces the 664-mile journey to just a three-hour ride and cuts the previous journey time by more than seven-and-a-half hours, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Work on the project began in 2005 as part of plans to expand a high-speed network aimed at eventually linking Guangzhou, a business hub in southern China near Hong Kong, with the capital Beijing, Xinhua added."

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