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Cities linked by new 38-minute train trip

IT will take only 38 minutes for the journey between Shanghai and Hangzhou when the new high-speed rail line is completed and operating before World Expo Shanghai. The current trip takes about 90 minutes.

The Shanghai-Hangzhou express route, with construction starting only last February, is 158 kilometers long, running from Shanghai Hongqiao Transit Hub to Hangzhou East Railway Station.

About 105 kilometers are within the boundary of Zhejiang Province and in the Shanghai section an extra 11 kilometers will be constructed to link Shanghai South Railway Station with the Hongqiao hub.

The train's highest speed will be 350 kilometers per hour with departure time intervals only three minutes.

Total investment in the project is about 29.7 billion yuan (US$4.4 billion).

The stopping stations are Hongqiao, Songjiang S. and Jinshan N. in the Shanghai part, while in Zhejiang section the stations are Jiashan S., Jiaxing S., Tongxiang, Haining W., Yuhang S. and Hangzhou E.


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