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2015-12-30 19:04 ChineseTime

Worlds first high-speed train line circling an island opens in Hainan

 

South China's island province Hainan opens a new stretch of track that completes the world's first high-speed train line circling an island on Dec 30, 2015.

 

South China's island province Hainan opened a new stretch of track that completes the world's first high-speed train line circling an island.

The circular line stretches across the beautiful landscapes of 12 different cities at over 200 kilometers per hour. It reduces the travel time from around eight hours by car to three hours and 10 minutes.

Worlds first high-speed train line circling an island opens in Hainan
A train runs on the eastern ring in Haikou, Dec 24, 2015. [Photo/IC]

The 345-km west loop high-speed railway was officially put into operation on Wednesday. It has 16 stops in six cities and counties, linking provincial capital Haikou with Sanya, a tropical tourist spot. It began construction in Sept 2013 with an investment of 27 billion yuan ($4.23 billion).

Worlds first high-speed train line circling an island opens in Hainan

The 308-km eastern ring, also from Haikou to Sanya, was put into operation at the end of 2010 with a designed speed of up to 250 km per hour. It passes Boao, a scenic town where the Boao Forum for Asia is held annually.

Worlds first high-speed train line circling an island opens in Hainan

With a land area of 35,400 square km, Hainan is slightly larger than Belgium. A popular destination for beach lovers, it is expected to receive 47 million visitors this year.

Worlds first high-speed train line circling an island opens in Hainan

[Xinhua]

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