Shanghai-Kunming high-speed rail in full operation

Bullet trains at Kunming South Railway station.
PHOTO: China Daily

The high-speed rail cuts Shanghai-Kunming travel time from 34 to 11 hours

A major national high-speed railway line, Shanghai-Kunming high-speed rail, which links China's coastal and inland areas, began operating fully on Wednesday.

The 2,264-kilometer railway, stretching from the coastal city of Shanghai in the east, to Kunming, capital of Southwest China's Yunnan province, boasts the longest high-speed railway spanning the country.

The Guizhou west section between Kunming and Guiyang, the last section of the Shanghai-Kunming high-speed railway, began operating on Wednesday, marking the completion of the entire railway project.

The Shanghai-Kunming high-speed railway, or Hukun high-speed railway, is made of three sections: the Shanghai-Hangzhou high-speed railway, Hangzhou-Changsha high-speed railway and Changsha-Kunming high-speed railway.

The high-speed rail connects a dozen tourist destinations, including Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanchang, Changsha, Guiyang and Kunming.