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Shanghai to HK train trip cut to 6 hours

A TRAIN trip from Shanghai to south China's Hong Kong will be reduced to six hours from the current 18 hours in 2012, when the high-speed railway between Beijing and Hong Kong is completed.

That will cut the trip between Beijing and Hong Kong to eight hours from the existing 23 hours, China News Service reported today, quoting Wang Yongping, spokesperson of the Ministry of Railways.

The Beijing-Hong Kong rail line is in four sections: Beijing to Shijiazhuang, capital of Beijing's neighboring Hebei Province, Shijazhuang to Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, Wuhan to Guangzhou, capital of southern Guangdong Province, and Guangzhou to Hong Kong.

Construction of the Beijing-Shijiazhuang and Shijiazhuang-Wuhan sections are under way, expected to finish by 2012. The Guangzhou to Hong Kong section is expected to open next year. The Wuhan to Guangzhou section opened to traffic this month.

The Beijing-Hong Kong high-speed railway will bring more tourists to Hong Kong and help boost the local economy, Wang added.


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