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Zhengzhou-Xian High-speed Railway Started Operation

Zhengzhou-Xian High-speed Rail, another new high-speed railway linking Zhengzhou,provincial city of Henan Province, and Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi Province,started operation in China on February 6th, 2010.

The Zhengzhou-Xi'an High-speed Railway, 505-kilometer-long,is reported as the first high-speed passenger dedicated rail in Western China. Witha speed of about 350 kilometers per hour, China Railway High-speed (CHR) trains cut the travel timebetween Zhengzhou and Xi'an from over 6 hours to just about 2 hours. And thetraveling fares are also comparatively low, 390 RMB ($ 58) for one seat in afirst-class carriage and 240 RMB ($ 36) in an economic carriage.

The first train left Xi'an at 10:50 am andarrived at Zhengzhou at 1:15 pm. Meanwhile, the first train from Zhengzhou to Xi'an departed from Zhengzhou at 07:55 amand arrived at Xi'an at 10:29 am. A total of 14 CHR trains would be running betweenXi'an and Zhengzhou every day, at an interval of about 90 minutes in both cities.

Nine railway stations had been built along theline for boarding and dropping off passengers: Gongyi South Station, Longmen Stationof Luoyang City, Mianchi South Station, Sanmenxia South Station, Lingbao West Station,Huashan North Station, Weinan North Station, Lintong East Station and Xi'an North Station. Travellers could choose to take the trains at any of the nine at their convinience.

Henan, China's most populous province, is amajor tourist attraction with a great number of sites of historical andcultural interests such as Shaolin Temple, Longmen Grottoes, Mount Yuntai and Kaifeng City.Shaanxi, famous for Terracotta Warriors and Mount Huashan, boasts rich culturalresources. The operation of Zhengzhou-Xi'an High-speed Rail will absolutely enable touriststo enjoy more natural and cultural wonders of the two provinces in a shortertime.

(Plan a Xian tour to experience the world fastest train and enjoy cultural highlights of Xian and Zhengzhou.)

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