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Northeast to reap benefits from new high-speed rail link

Updated: 2012-12-01 07:48
By Wu Yong and Liu Ce in Shenyang ( China Daily)

Northeast to reap benefits from new high-speed rail link

Northeast to reap benefits from new high-speed rail link

A new high-speed railway linking China's major northeastern cities of Harbin and Dalian will begin operation on Saturday, with experts predicting the 98 billion yuan ($15.7 billion) infrastructure investment could accelerate social and economic cooperation right across northeast Asia.

The 921 km route, with 24 stops, is the world's first high-speed, high-altitude rail line, and has been designed to withstand extreme temperatures, according to the Shenyang Railway Bureau.

The high-speed link is expected to reduce the travel time between Harbin and Dalian to four hours, from the current 10 hours.

Northeast to reap benefits from new high-speed rail link

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