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The epic 1,427-mile train journey that takes 22 hours and one of the fastest in the world | Travel News | Travel

A remarkable train voyage spanning 1,427 miles requires just 22 hours to complete, making it one of the swiftest rail journeys in the world.

The Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed line in China, inaugurated in December 2012, currently holds the title of the world’s longest high-speed railway at a length of over 1400 miles (2,298km).

China hosts six out of the world’s top ten longest high-speed railway (HSR) lines, with the other four in Spain, Japan, Russia, and the UK.

Also known as Jingguang HSR, this line has significantly shortened the travel time between Beijing and Guangzhou to just eight hours, a substantial improvement from the previous 22-hour journey.

Operating with CRH380-AL trains designed for a maximum speed of 350km/h, the high-speed railway comprises four sections: Beijing-Shijiazhuang-Zhengzhou (430 miles), Zhengzhou-Wuhan (333 miles), Wuhan-Guangzhou (601 miles) and Guangzhou-Shenzhen (63 miles).

Traversing Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Hunan and Guangdong provinces, the HSR connects 28 major Chinese cities and encompasses 35 stations along its route.

Additionally, it provides seamless interconnections with other high-speed lines, including the Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan HSR, Zhengzhou-Xi’an HSR, Shanghai-Wuhan-Chengdu HSR and the Guangzhou-Zhuhai HSR.

Designed by China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corporation (CSR) the train features a distinctive fish head-shaped front.

Constructed with welded aluminium alloy, this design minimises aerodynamic resistance, enabling the train to achieve impressive speeds of up to 236mph.

With a length of 401.4m, width of 3.38m, and height of 3.7m, the train operates on a 1,435mm track gauge. Comprising 16 cars, including 14 multiple units and two traction units at both ends, it has the capacity to accommodate 1,066 passengers.

In recent years, China’s railway infrastructure has witnessed steady advancement, reaching a significant milestone as the authorities recently claimed that nearly 80 percent of its high-speed railway network is now finished.

According to official data, by the end of 2023, China’s operational railway network covered approximately 159,000 km (98,798 miles), and high-speed railways accounted for 45,000km (27,961 miles) of this distance.

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