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Quick Take: New High-Speed Rail Line Tames Terrain in Western China

Photo: IC
Photo: IC

A high-speed railway line that cuts through 658 kilometers (409 miles) of some of China’s most rugged terrain in mountainous western China officially started running on Wednesday.

The new line is expected to cut in half the time it takes to travel from the southwestern city of Chengdu to the northwestern city of Xi’an. The line’s trains can travel at speeds up to 250 kph (155.3 mph), allowing passengers to travel between the two cities in about four hours. Eventually, the line’s trains will be able to make the trip in three and a half hours, according to China Railway Corp., which runs the country’s railways.

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