China Launches World’S Longest Bullet Train (Download PDF)


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One of the world’s longest high-speed bullet train has started operating in China. Train starts from Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, to Beijing. It is named as “Shangri-la of the World.” The train’s name highlights the world famous resort in Shangri-la of Yunnan.

World’s longest bullet train line

World’s Longest Bullet Train Line

World’s longest bullet train line


  • A ticket for a second-class seat on the train from Kunming to Beijing costs 1,147.5 yuan (US$166).
  • China has built more than 20,000 km of high-speed rail lines.
  • The trains can travel at speeds up to 330 kilometers per hour.
  • It will travel a distance of 2,760 kilometers before reaching Beijing in a mere 11 hours, reducing more than half of the usual 34-hour travel time.
  • Beijing is also actively developing its own high-speed train technology.
  • China is aggressively marketing its bullet train technology in different countries including India effectively competing with Japan.

High-speed Rail (HSR) Trains in China

  • High-speed rail (HSR) in China is the longest HSR system in the world extending to 29 of the country’s 33 provincial-level entities.
  • The network consists of newly built passenger-dedicated lines (PDLs) and intercity lines along with upgraded mixed passenger and freight lines.
  • High-speed rail service in China was introduced on April 18, 2007 and has become immensely popular with an annual ridership of over 1.44 billion in 2016.
  • It has made the Chinese HSR network the most heavily used in the world.
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Image of Bullet Train China

Image of Bullet train china

- Published/Last Modified on: January 10, 2017


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