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ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperChina / Cover StoryHot IssuesGovernmentSocietyInnovationEducationCover StoryPeoplePhotosHigh-speed rail keeps Guangxi growth on trackBy HuoYan and XinDingding (China Daily) Updated:2015-06-23 07:37Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallA new service is providing the first express link between Beijing and a badly disadvantaged area. The service, primarily designed to aid the development of the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, has been successful so far, and there are now plans to extend its coverage, as Huo Yan and Xin Dingding report from Nanning.A high-speed train crosses a bridge in Yangshuo in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. Chinas longest high-speed railway service, which links Beijing and Nanning, capital of the Guangxi, is 2,489 kilometers in length. Guangxi is the first of Chinas five autonomous regions to be linked to the capital by high-speed rail. Tang Yizhi / for China DailyA high-speed rail network that stretches almost 2,500 kilometers across a single country is not a common phenomenon.In Japan, such a network would be impossible – the train would simply have to pull up at the island nations Pacific coast – and in Europe, pan-continental high-speed railways have yet to take shape, although many European countries have built their own networks.In September, a high-speed rail service opened between Beijing and Nanning, the capital of the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, a distance of 2,489 km. The line is now the longest in China, and makes Guangxi the first of the countrys five autonomous regions to be linked to the capital by high-speed rail.Guangxi, in South China, is home to 12 ethnic groups. The region borders Vietnam, and its long coastline with Southeast Asia means its regarded as a major gateway to member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.Despite those advantages, more than 30 years after the start of the reform and opening-up policy Guangdong province has become Chinas economic powerhouse, while Guangxis GDP is worth just a fifth of that of its smaller neighbor.Poor infrastructureMany observers have blamed the disparity on the regions immature transport infrastructure, which was so poor that before December, there were no direct rail connections between Nanning and nearby Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong. Every year as the Spring Festival holiday approached, the expressways would be clogged with hundreds of thousands of migrant workers riding motorbikes from their workplaces in Guangdong to their homes in Guangxi.Now, things are changing and a high-speed railway network is being planned that would crisscross Chinas 9.63 million square kilometers of territory. An extended network of this type would enable passengers to zip between major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou and other parts of the country within half a day.The ambitious plan has already been realized in Guangxi, where more than 1,000 km of high-speed rail came into use in 2013. Now, the trip from Beijing to Nanning takes 13 hours and 30 minutes, cutting the journey time by half. Passengers can depart from North China in the morning, and arrive in South China in the evening.The streamlined train departs Beijing West Railway Station at 7:30 am and initially uses the Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed line, reaching a top speed of 300 km/h. When the train reaches Hengyang in Hunan province, it slows to a maximum 200 km/h and switches track to the Hengyang-Liuzhou line. The last change in the journey comes when the train switches again, this time to the Liuzhou-Nanning high-speed line.Although the journey time has been cut by almost half, frequent station stops – approximately one every 30 minutes – nullify the advantages offered by the high speeds the train can attain.Previous Page1 2 3 Next PagePrevious Page1 2 3 Next Page8.03KRelated StoriesChina high-speed rail makes tracks overseasGet discounts on Shanxi tourist spots by taking the local high-speedXiamen to launch high-speed direct railway to Chongqing3 high-speed bullet trains to run between Xiamen and Beijing starting July 1PhotoNight views of Harbin through the lensTibetans take train home after pilgrimage or travellingWorlds largest shaftless Ferris wheel built in ChinaAncient cities to be connected by Xian-Chengdu high-speed railwaySnow turns Harbin into winter wonderlandReed Catkin Festival held in WuhanSocietyPoliticsHot TopicsScience/TechBusinessCover StoryFTZ simplifies process to launch businessesJapan can offer experience, expat saysApplication for work streamlinedAwareness of law aids resolutionAir Force units explore new airspaceLow wages and lack of respect responsible for kindergarten abuse, experts sayLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchAgency ensuring natural gas supplyUN envoys trip to DPRK praised by BeijingChina moves to secure natural gas supply amid rising winter demandXi asks China, Canada to work for substantial tiesCooperation necessary for success, leaders sayLiving in space: How astronauts train, eat and workTeachers excused for lunchtime drinksWaiting for Shenzhou XICancer agent found in 44 cities drinking waterAt Ikea eatery, its no pay, no stayChina lose 2-0 to Uzbekistan in World Cup qualifier, coach Gao resignsC919 gains another 55 orders, lifting total orders to 785Services offset dip in manufacturingFintech to energize real economy, cut risksChinas Long March rockets complete 60 commercial launchesEngineers achieve breakthroughChina-made components add securityOnline shopping rings up customer complaintsImport expo to focus on advanced techSME mobile market platform receives first clientsChina top importer of US soybeansAir China opens direct route from Beijing to BarcelonaInsurance-based trust launchedDandelion helping to sow the seeds of stability for membersCover storyVisa change may boost tourism to USThe wrong side of the roadBuilding ban begins to biteVillagers call on Japan to atone for massacreMost ViewedTodays Top NewsGovt encourages people to work 4.5 days a weekAction to be taken as HIV cases among students riseDebate grows over reproductive rightsCountrys first bishop ordained in 3 yearsChina builds Tibetan Buddhism academy in ChengduAuthorities require reporting of HIV infections at schoolsTyphoon Soudelor kills 14 in East ChinaPolice crack down on overseas gambling siteDebate over death penalty for child traffickers goes onBeijing to tighten mail security for war anniversaryIn todays trending, beer drinking competition has contestants drinking from basins, bland watermelon leads to police case, raising money for sick child with suanlafen and heat drives monkeys to disturb residents.HighlightsGovt encourages people to work 4.5 days a weekAction to be taken as HIV cases among students riseWorlds apart and in a different classHenan tries to shake off its negative reputationHot TopicsGround level Rule of law Panda China youths Anti-terror drive Family planning Smog Fox Hunt Beijing integrates with Tianjin, Hebei China cracks down on graftSpecial50th anniversary of Tibet autonomous regionPost-90s entrepreneurs in China…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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