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Jinan welcomes high-speed rail
2011-07-04

Jinan welcomes high-speed rail

The first commercial high-speed train between Beijing and Shanghai pulls into the Jinan West Railway Station on June 30. (Photos by Wang Qian)

The first commercial high-speed train between Beijing and Shanghai pulled into the Jinan West Railway Station on June 30, ushering China's City of Springs into the high-speed era.

"I am very excited to take the first commercial train. It used to take me more than three hours to shuttle between Beijing and Jinan on the 200 km/h bullet train. Now it saves me nearly half the time. It’s great!" said Duan Wenzhuo, a Jinan resident who attends college in Beijing.

"With my student card and ID card, I spent only 139 yuan ($21.5) on the second-class ticket, even cheaper than that of the bullet train," he added.

To save passengers time, Jinan West Railway Station has set up 92 ticket windows selling high-speed train tickets and 48 automatic ticket machines. Passengers can also buy tickets on the Internet with a Union Pay Card.

The 300 km/h train tickets are priced between 185 yuan and 590 yuan ($28.60 to $91.30). Tickets for the he 200-250 km/h trains are priced from 125 yuan to 375 yuan ($19.30 to $58). The 1,318-kilometer high-speed rail line connects the country’s Pan-Bohai and Yangtze River Delta economic zones by cutting one-way travel time between Beijing and Shanghai to less than five hours.

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