Four Years Later, 664 Miles of Rail in China
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."