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Thursday, September 21, 2017, 12:52
China begins to restore 350 kmh bullet train
By Xinhua
Thursday, September 21, 2017, 12:52 By Xinhua

This photo taken on June 26, 2017 shows China's bullet train 'Fuxing' at Beijing South Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. China on Sept 21, 2017 increased the maximum speed of bullet trains on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway to 350 kilometers per hour. (JU HUANZONG / XINHUA)

BEIJING - China on Thursday increased the maximum speed of bullet trains on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway to 350 kilometers per hour, six years after it was reduced to 300 kmh.

These trains are so popular that the tickets for today already sold out a week ago

Huang Xin, official, China Railway Corporation

A bullet train named 'Fuxing' (meaning 'rejuvenation' in Chinese), which will travel at the new high speed, departed Beijing South Railway Station at 9:00 am for Shanghai.

The speed increase will cut the Beijing-Shanghai journey to 4 hours and 28 minutes.

Starting Thursday, 14 Fuxing trains will run in both directions between Beijing and Shanghai at a maximum speed of 350 kilometers per hour.

"These trains are so popular that the tickets for today already sold out a week ago," said Huang Xin, an official with the China Railway Corporation, on Thursday.

Connecting the Chinese capital with the major financial and trade hub, the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway is one of the busiest in the country, carrying more than 100 million passengers a year.

China has the world's longest high-speed rail network, with 22,000 kilometers in operation so far. 

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