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Beijing-Shanghai high speed rail to be launched June 30

THE long-expected Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway will go into commercial operation on June 30 and passengers can book tickets as early as this weekend, the Yangtze Evening Post reported today.

However, the Ministry of Railways has not officially announced the date for the opening of this new line.

Bullet trains will depart from four main stations on the 1,318-kilometer-long route at the same time, said the report.

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station said passengers can use five types of identification documents, including passport, to buy bullet train tickets online at

Passenger transport capacity at the station will increase with added bullet train services, the station officials said. The city currently runs high-speed train services on Shanghai-Nanjing and Shanghai-Hangzhou routes.

The officials added the Hongqiao Railway Station has signed an agreement with China Eastern Airlines, allowing passengers with air tickets to Tokyo, Seoul, Taibei and Hong Kong to book bullet train tickets through the airlines.

Construction began on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed route in 2008. The fastest trip between the two cities now takes only 4 hours and 48 minutes, compared with nearly 10 hours by conventional express train.


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