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Old December 3rd, 2017, 08:44 PM   #11921
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The Xi'an-Chengdu line will start commercial operation from 6th December, 2017. A quick search in the ticketing system already shows D trains running from Xi'an-Chongqing, which takes 5 hours. Not sure if you need to change train in Chengdu though.
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Old December 4th, 2017, 04:58 AM   #11922
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The Xi'an-Chengdu line will start commercial operation from 6th December, 2017. A quick search in the ticketing system already shows D trains running from Xi'an-Chongqing, which takes 5 hours. Not sure if you need to change train in Chengdu though.
Here's a news article about the line opening : http://www.scmp.com/news/china/econo...ice-terracotta
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Old December 6th, 2017, 05:52 AM   #11923
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Xi'an-Chengdu HSR put into operation

Source: Xinhua | December 6, 2017

High-speed rail line linking northwest China's Xi'an and southwest China's Chengdu, went into operation Wednesday, slashing the travel time between the two cities from about 11 hours to just 4 hours.

The first high-speed train left Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province at 8:22 a.m. It will make 14 stops before reaching Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province.

With a designed speed of 250 kph, the train will reduce the travel time between the two cities to four hours and seven minutes. The travel time will be further shortened to just three hours 27 minutes at the end of this year.

The 658-km new line is China's first rail route running through the Qinling Mountains, which are the natural boundary between north and south China. Served as a natural defense barrier in the ancient times, the Qinling Mountains are famous for its steep terrains and risky roads.

Therefore, the Xi'an-Chengdu railway features many tunnels and bridges and includes a 16-km single tunnel with double tracks, one of Asia's longest, according to its builders.

Experts believe the high-speed rail will further enhance China's high-speed rail network and support the development of west China.



Image Source: ECNS (A bullet train runs on Renjiashan Bridge of Xi'an-Chengdu HSR during a simulated run in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Nov. 22, 2017)

Live stream recording during start of operation (New China TV on YouTube):

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Old December 7th, 2017, 01:43 AM   #11924
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A nice documentary of Baoji-Lanzhou HSR in Chinese



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Old December 7th, 2017, 02:46 AM   #11925
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With a designed speed of 250 kph, the train will reduce the travel time between the two cities to four hours and seven minutes. The travel time will be further shortened to just three hours 27 minutes at the end of this year.
http://trains.ctrip.com/trainbooking/xian-chengdu/
http://trains.ctrip.com/trainbooking/chengdu-xian/
4 hours 7 minutes is the fastest train.
4 hours 31 minutes is the lowest train.

I am guessing with the speed up at EOY it will take 3.5 - 4 hours.
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Old December 7th, 2017, 06:21 AM   #11926
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The Xi'an-Chengdu line will start commercial operation from 6th December, 2017. A quick search in the ticketing system already shows D trains running from Xi'an-Chongqing, which takes 5 hours. Not sure if you need to change train in Chengdu though.
No, you do not. I checked the schedule for D4281 & D4285 from Chongqing North to Xi'an North, they travel North up the Chongqing-Lanzhou High Speed Railway to Guangyuan, then North East to Xi'an. Although with a couple of intermediate Shanxi stations still blank.
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Old December 8th, 2017, 03:13 PM   #11927
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The Xi'an-Chengdu line will start commercial operation from 6th December, 2017. A quick search in the ticketing system already shows D trains running from Xi'an-Chongqing, which takes 5 hours. Not sure if you need to change train in Chengdu though.
Oh...., very good, I am so happy!!
Thank You very much, Guy... (^_^)
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Old December 8th, 2017, 03:21 PM   #11928
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No, you do not. I checked the schedule for D4281 & D4285 from Chongqing North to Xi'an North, they travel North up the Chongqing-Lanzhou High Speed Railway to Guangyuan, then North East to Xi'an. Although with a couple of intermediate Shanxi stations still blank.
OK....!! I will.......
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Old December 9th, 2017, 01:16 AM   #11929
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What's the ticket price for Chengdu to Xi'an D and G train?
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Old December 10th, 2017, 04:02 PM   #11930
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263Yuan for 2nd class, 397Yuan for first class
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Old December 10th, 2017, 04:05 PM   #11931
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Zhengzhou-Hefei HSR under Construction
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Old December 12th, 2017, 02:35 PM   #11932
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http://www.jfdaily.com/news/detail?id=73754
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Old December 12th, 2017, 02:38 PM   #11933
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First Intercity Line in Guizhou Province
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Old December 13th, 2017, 04:51 PM   #11934
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Caution expressed over PPP railways
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1079951.shtml



Experts expressed a cautious view of the development of China's private-led railways, as news of the latest of these projects emerged on Tuesday.

The Beijing News reported on Tuesday that the provincial government of East China's Zhejiang Province has given a green light for a high-speed railway project linking the provincial capital, Hanghzou, and Wenzhou in southeastern Zhejiang.

The Hangzhou-Wenzhou Railway will have project capital of 9.806 billion yuan ($1.48 billion), in which private capital will take a 51 percent stake. This is the second private-led project in the province and the fourth railway involving private capital nationwide.

The Hangzhou-Wenzhou Railway project is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project under the build-own-operate-transfer model, according to a statement posted on the local government's website on Friday. The project will last for 34 years, and the first four years will be used for construction of the railway.

Experts said the PPP railway projects in China are still at the initial stage and more investors are waiting to see how profitable they turn out to be.

In September, Zhejiang rolled out the country's first PPP rail project with private capital led by Chinese conglomerate Fosun Group as the majority stakeholder in the 269-kilometer railway linking Hangzhou, Shaoxing and Taizhou. Both Shaoxing and Taizhou are in Zhejiang.

In that railway, the Zhejiang provincial government owns a 13.6 percent stake and the city governments hold a combined 20.4 percent stake. China Railway Corp (CRC), the State-run railway operator, holds a 15 percent stake.

For the Hangzhou-Wenzhou Railway, the ownership structure is similar, with private capital taking 51 percent and the three cities the railway passes through taking a 20.4 percent stake. Zhejiang province and CRC have the same shares as in the Hangzhou-Shaoxing-Taizhou railway.

Li Hongchang, a professor at Beijing Jiaotong University, told the Global Times on Tuesday that the progress of China's railway PPP projects has been quite slow.

"Although the earliest proposals for PPP railways were heard as early as 2010, the intensity, penetration and scale of PPP railway projects has not been impressive so far," Li said.

"To make these projects sustainable, the private investors must get sustainable profits, and as the two railways are still in the very early stages, the effectiveness of the payback mechanism remains to be seen," Li said.

The payback mechanism of the Hangzhou-Wenzhou Railway will be based on user payment and "feasible loophole subsidies," said the statement.

Other factors in the mechanism include a prearranged lending rate and the frequency of trains to be run on the railway. The subsidies will be allocated out of the provincial and local governments' fiscal budgets.

Previously, China had two railways involving private capital: the Datong-Qinhuangdao Railway in North China and the Guangzhou-Shenzhen Railway in South China.

Experts uncertain

Dong Dengxin, director of the Finance and Securities Institute at Wuhan University of Science and Technology, said that PPP projects need to ensure transparency in order to be successful.

"Also, in these projects, the government should refrain from making any kinds of endorsement regarding the profitability of the railways," Dong told the Global Times on Tuesday.

China's railway system is burdened with huge debts and many areas of it are reportedly operating at a loss.

Li noted that the PPP projects will be helpful for the nation to realize its goal of having 30,000 kilometers of high-speed railway connecting 80 percent of Chinese cities by 2020. Currently, China has about 23,000 kilometers of high-speed railway.

Li noted that relevant laws and regulations need to be improved to make investing in railways more enticing for investors.

"For instance, the current legal framework makes it more difficult, not easier, to combine railway development and real estate," Li said, noting that developed nations have better legal arrangements that encourage investment from the private sector.

Also, many of the newly built railways will expand into less populated areas with less traffic, and this reduces the attractiveness of these railways to private investors, Li noted.
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Old December 16th, 2017, 05:22 PM   #11935
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I wonder. Aren't there already two high-speed railways linking Hangzhou to Wenzhou?
The first one goes via Ningbo, the second one via Jinhua.
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Old December 16th, 2017, 09:59 PM   #11936
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Shanghai-Kunming HSR line broken?

http://www.sixthtone.com/news/100117...y-construction
Includes links to Chinese sources. Not very nice reading even if it's only partly true. Does anybody have any other news on this?
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Old December 17th, 2017, 05:24 PM   #11937
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Extension line of Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway under construction

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20..._136832041.htm


Photo taken on Dec. 17, 2017 shows the construction site of Zhengpantai tunnel of an extension line of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway in north China's Hebei Province. The 52-km extension of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou railway to Hebei's Chongli District, where most of the 2022 Olympic skiing events will be held, is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. (Xinhua/Yang Shiyao)



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Old December 19th, 2017, 03:00 AM   #11938
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Wi-Fi to be accessible on all high-speed trains in China

Source: ECNS | Dec 18 2017

The Wi-Fi coverage available on Beijing-Shanghai bullet trains will be expanded to all of China's high-speed trains in the future, said China Railways Corporation's deputy general manager Huang Min. Chinese railways have made huge progress in passenger experience, Huang said. Online ticket-booking, WeChat payments and online food-ordering have become accessible. Facial recognition has also been piloted at some railway stations in Beijing, Guangzhou and Lanzhou, he added.
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Shangqiu-Hefei-Hangzhou high-speed railway under construction

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Photo taken on Dec. 19, 2017 shows the construction site of a bridge of Shangqiu-Hefei-Hangzhou high-speed railway in central China's Henan Province. The 794.55-kilometer railway will link Shangqiu in central China's Henan Province, Hefei, capital of east China's Anhui Province, and Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang. (Xinhua/Li Jianan)









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Old December 19th, 2017, 06:58 PM   #11940
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Imagine the costs to maintain this infrastructure. Eventually all of this will need to be replaced.
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