High-speed rail travel, largely the preserve of countries such as Japan and France until the 1990s, is now sweeping across China. China’s hi-speed network will be nearly as large as that of the rest of the world’s put together when the 1,300 km Beijing to Shanghai line is completed.
The 1,318-km-long railway line will cut the journey time between China’s capital and its eastern financial hub in half, reducing it to just five hours. It will also have a one-way transport capacity of 80 million passengers and more than 100 million tons of cargo annually, according to the Ministry of Railways (MOR).
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