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China opens high-speed railway ahead of Olympics

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2008 at 3:07 pm

– Two official ceremonies were held in Beijing and Olympic co-host city Tianjin on August 1, marking the opening of the Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway, one week before the Games begin.

The two opening ceremonies were staged at the new Beijing South Railway Station and the Tianjin Station.

The Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway is the world’s only rail line passenger trains that can run at 350 km per hour, the Chinese Ministry of Railways was quoted by Xinhua news agency.

The new train service will cut the 120-km journey from 70 minutes to about 30 minutes. There are five stations along the line: the Beijing South Railway Station, Yizhuang, Yongle, Wuqing and Tianjin .

The intercity rail line will shuttle spectators, athletes, media and other passengers between Beijing and Tianjin, which is to host 12 Olympic football matches from August 6-15.-