China plans new Mongolia-Hainan high-speed railway

Photo by Zhao Jian Kang
Photo by Zhao Jian Kang

A major new north-south high-speed railway line is being planned in China.

The governments of seven Chinese provinces and regions are teaming up to build the country’s second major north-south high-speed railway line, stretching all the way from the northern region of Inner Mongolia to the southern island province of Hainan.

The new line will complement the existing north-south line stretching from Beijing to Guangzhou. At present, this is the longest high-speed railway line in the world, at 2,298km.

The new line would be far longer however, stretching approximately 3,100km from Baotou, Inner Mongolia, to Hainan’s capital city, Haikou. It would pass through the regions and provinces of Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Hubei, Hunan, Guangxi, Guangdong and Hainan, with stops in key cities including Yan’an, Xi’an, Enshi, Zhangjiajie and Guilin.

The line will also connect with existing west high-speed routes, including Xuzhou-Lanzhou, Shanghai-Wuhan-Chengdu, Shanghai-Kunming and Guiyang-Guangzhou.

The plan still need to be approved by China’s central government, but if this is achieved, construction is likely to start sometime after 2016.

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