The Chinese mainland's length of high-speed railways in operation has now reached 6,900 kilometers, ranking first in the world, and the length of high-speed railways under construction has reached 10,000-plus kilometers, according to the "Seventh World High-speed Railway Conference" held by the Ministry of Railways on July 28.
The high-speed railway lines, including the Beijing-Tianjin, Wuhan-Guangzhou, Zhengzhou-Xi'an and Shanghai-Nanjing lines, are all in operation and running at speeds of 350 kilometers an hour, making them the fastest in the world.
According to the plan and current construction progress, the total length of high-speed railways in China will exceed 13,000 kilometers by 2012 and will exceed 16,000 kilometers by 2020.
Workers begin to lay tracks for Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway
August 23 2010, 11:22 PM
Workers began to lay tracks for a high-speed railway connecting Beijing and Shanghai on Monday, according to China's Ministry of Railways (MOR).
MOR held a ceremony in Xuzhou City, east China's Jiangsu Province, Monday to mark the event.
MOR said the laying of 1,318-km of railway track would be finished by the end of the year. The railway is scheduled to open in 2012,
The construction of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway was started in April 2008. Total investment was estimated at 220.9 billion yuan (32.5 billion U.S. dollars).
The high-speed railway would cut travel time between Beijing, China's capital in the north, and Shanghai, the country's economic center in the east, to less than five hours, compared with the 10-hour journey by train between the two cities now.
By 2012, China would have a railway network of 110,000 km, 13,000 km of which would be high-speed rail, according to the MOR.
Re: China's high-speed railway network is the largest in the world, 10000kms under constructio
September 4 2010, 1:46 PM
Maybe the Chinese can put some cars on trains and transport them parallel to the overcrowded highways
On a serious note, it really seems highly recommendable for China to put more (as much as possible !) of its goods on trains than to block roads with too many trucks. This is also a problem in Germany by the Way.