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Old July 1st, 2014, 04:54 PM   #8261
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Does anyone happen to have the full list of the stations between Taiyuan and Xian? There are supposed to be 16, but searching the complete list from schedules is a laborious exercise. It seems that the first two are Jinzhong (16 km from Taiyuan South) and Taigu West (47 km from Taiyuan South), but where are the other 14?
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Old July 1st, 2014, 07:20 PM   #8262
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Old July 1st, 2014, 09:38 PM   #8263
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Does anyone happen to have the full list of the stations between Taiyuan and Xian? There are supposed to be 16, but searching the complete list from schedules is a laborious exercise. It seems that the first two are Jinzhong (16 km from Taiyuan South) and Taigu West (47 km from Taiyuan South), but where are the other 14?
From the train schedule I could find these:

太原南 , 晋中, 太谷西, 祁县东, 平遥古城, 介休东, 灵石东, 洪洞西, 临汾西, 侯马西, 闻喜西, 运城北, 永济北, 大荔, 渭南北, 西安北.

That's 16, but that is including both terminal stations. If there are two more stations en-route, I don't know where.
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 08:03 AM   #8264
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[InKunming--China] The world's highest tunnel for high-speed trains in northwest China was completely linked up on Thursday, paving the way for the operation of the line linking Gansu Province and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
With altitudes of up to 3,607.4 meters, the 16.3-km-long tunnel passes through the Qilian Mountains with two sections and a bridge. It began construction in 2009.
The tunnel's complete joining means the most difficult part for the Lanxin high-speed railway has been solved, said Guo Yuhong, an official in charge of the tunnel project from China Railway 20th Group Co., Ltd.
The 1,776-km Lanxin high-speed railway links Lanzhou, capital of Gansu, with Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang. It runs across Gansu and Qinghai provinces to Xinjiang, traversing the wind ravaged Gobi Desert.
The line is planned to be put into use at the end of this year. It is designed for trains running at more than 200 km per hour. It will cut the train travel time between Lanzhou and Urumqi to eight hours from about 20 hours.
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 08:06 AM   #8265
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[InKunming--China] Bullet train services were launched on Tuesday along a railway touted as the most challenging that China has ever built.
The maiden train left Yichang City of central Hubei Province on Tuesday morning for Wanzhou District in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, traveling a route that cuts through rugged mountains and under hundreds of bridges and tunnels.
Wang Tongliang, an official with the Wuhan Railway Bureau, said the service will cut journey time between Chongqing and Wuhan, capital of Hubei, from over 11 hours to just six hours and 40 minutes.
Travel time from other central or east China cities to southwest China will also be significantly shorter, bringing new opportunities for residents who live in the steep and remote mountains.
The Yichang-Wanzhou Railway stretches 377 km. It is considered a feat of engineering as it runs through a rugged region where the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau meets the Yangtze River Plain.
The railway which started operation at the end of 2010 includes 159 tunnels and 253 bridges, accounting for about 74 percent of the line's total. In the most extreme case, it took nearly six years to drill a tunnel through Qiyue Mountain due to complex and dangerous geological conditions.
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 10:00 AM   #8266
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From the train schedule I could find these:

太原南 , 晋中, 太谷西, 祁县东, 平遥古城, 介休东, 灵石东, 洪洞西, 临汾西, 侯马西, 闻喜西, 运城北, 永济北, 大荔, 渭南北, 西安北.

That's 16, but that is including both terminal stations. If there are two more stations en-route, I don't know where.
Datong-Xi'an HSR is indeed a tourist route with quite some World Heritage site stops
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 10:05 AM   #8267
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Last year I've visited china and the fastest train there is one of the most amazing thing. I think I love the travelling in chinese trains.
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 10:28 AM   #8268
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Taiyuan-Xi'an HSR opening pics (July 1)

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The travel time between Taiyuan and Xi'an has been cut to about 3 hours.
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 11:43 AM   #8269
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Datong-Xi'an HSR is indeed a tourist route with quite some World Heritage site stops
Which ones are World Heritage?
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 07:26 AM   #8270
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Which ones are World Heritage?
UNESCO heritage along Datong-Xi'an HSR:

Heritage -- Stations
Yungang Grottoes -- Datong
Mount Wutai -- Xinzhou West
Ancient City of Ping Yao -- Pingyao
Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor -- Xi'an North
Wild Goose Pagoda and other 6 sites -- Xi'an North

Other than that Hukou Fall near Linfen Station is the most spectacular fall I've ever seen
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 09:39 AM   #8271
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UNESCO heritage along Datong-Xi'an HSR:

Heritage -- Stations
Ancient City of Ping Yao -- Pingyao
Pingyao Station is 93 km from Taiyuan South, and seems to be the next station after Qixian.

Does Pingyao count as a "small Western settlement"?

How far is Pingyao Station from the historic city wall?

How is Pingyao HSR station connected to the old town?
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 10:49 AM   #8272
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Pingyao Station is 93 km from Taiyuan South, and seems to be the next station after Qixian.

Does Pingyao count as a "small Western settlement"?

How far is Pingyao Station from the historic city wall?
About 10km.
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 04:45 PM   #8273
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Pingyao has low speed railway station, too. 108 km from Taiyuan Station.
How far is Pingyao LSR station from the city wall? From HSR station?
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 06:28 PM   #8274
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From the train schedule I could find these:

太原南 , 晋中, 太谷西, 祁县东, 平遥古城, 介休东, 灵石东, 洪洞西, 临汾西, 侯马西, 闻喜西, 运城北, 永济北, 大荔, 渭南北, 西安北.

That's 16, but that is including both terminal stations. If there are two more stations en-route, I don't know where.
The Wikipedia article for the line also lists Huozhou East (霍州东) and Xiangfen West (襄汾西).
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Old July 4th, 2014, 06:02 AM   #8275
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Pingyao has low speed railway station, too. 108 km from Taiyuan Station.
How far is Pingyao LSR station from the city wall? From HSR station?
Pingyao low speed rail station is located just next to the old city wall.
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Old July 4th, 2014, 06:11 AM   #8276
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New nationwide railway running map carried out on July 1 2014. New HSR routes were added.

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New train operation diagram carried out from July 1st,2014

Bullet train services launched between Chengdu and Fuzhou,Nanchang for the first time.
The travel time between Fuzhou and Chengdu cut to 15 hours from 41 hours.
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Passengers boarding the train at Fuzhou station,Fujian Province


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Passengers boarding the train at Fuzhou station,Fujian Province


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Attendants boarding the train at Nanchang station,Jiangxi Province


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Passengers boarding the train at Nanchang station,Jiangxi Province


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Bullet train services between Chengdu and Shanghai also launched.
Attendants boarding the train at Chengdu station,Sichuan Province


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Bullet train from Chengdu to Shanghai


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Old July 4th, 2014, 10:17 AM   #8277
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Pingyao low speed rail station is located just next to the old city wall.
The high speed trains travel Taiyuan to Pingyao from 31 minutes to 43.
The low speed trains take 1:21 to 2:07.

High speed trains save 50 minutes of time on train - but that 50 minutes is not enough to walk the 10 km to Pingyao. You are still better off on a low speed train.

Among new connections, Xiamen now has high speed train to Beijing (G166, 12:42, compare K308, 33:14) as well as Chongqing (D2232, 14:57, compare K336, 34:09).

There now seems to be one high speed train Chengdu-Zhengzhou (D2202, 13:30, compare 10 slow trains, 17:36 to 25:55), among the total of 9 D trains Chengdu-Wuhan. D2244 goes to Fuzhou (in 15:47), D2224 to Hangzhou (in 15:00), D628 to Shanghai (in 16:15), as does D2208 (in 14:58), D2238 to Nanchang (in 12:36), D2256 to Nanjing (in 13:15), D2260 and D368 terminate at Wuhan.

What is conspicuous for absence is any high speed train whatsoever between Chongqing and Changsha!
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Old July 4th, 2014, 11:43 AM   #8278
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The high speed trains travel Taiyuan to Pingyao from 31 minutes to 43.
The low speed trains take 1:21 to 2:07.

High speed trains save 50 minutes of time on train - but that 50 minutes is not enough to walk the 10 km to Pingyao. You are still better off on a low speed train.
Nobody walks 10km after getting off a train and if people travel long distance they will save more time by taking HSR.

For the long term I don't think the government encourages all people live around/in the heritage old city.
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Old July 4th, 2014, 11:54 AM   #8279
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For the long term I don't think the government encourages all people live around/in the heritage old city.
Well, in Beijing, 10 km from heritage old city is about 5th Ring Road. Are the HSRs to Beijing forced to terminate outside 5th Ring Road?
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Well, in Beijing, 10 km from heritage old city is about 5th Ring Road. Are the HSRs to Beijing forced to terminate outside 5th Ring Road?
Not forced to but planned to. The new Beijing-Shenyang HSR terminus station is almost 5th Ring and 16km to Forbidden city by driving.
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