China is testing a new high-speed railway linking eastern Ganzhou city of Jiangxi province with southern Shenzhen city of Guangdong province, signifying the rapid development of railways in the world’sa most populous republic.
The world’s most-modern railway network with a designed top speed of 350 kilometres per hour is expected to open to traffic at the end of this year and shorten the travel time between the two cities by train from seven hours to two hours.
“After the high-speed railway is put into operation, the old revolutionary base areas in southern Jiangxi will enjoy better connection with the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and embrace new opportunities for development,” Zhang Handong, chief engineer of Nanchang-Jiujiang Intercity Railway Co. Ltd., constructor of the Jiangxi section of the railway, said with pride.
The Ganzhou-Shenzhen high-speed railway is an example of the rapid development of railways in China. Since the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was founded more than seven decades ago, the country has built the most modern railway network and the most advanced high-speed railway network in the world.
When the PRC was founded in 1949, the country had only 22,000 km of railways. During the past more than 70 years, China has pushed ahead with railway construction and constantly improved the quality of its railway network.
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