The new service will cut travel time between these cities is more than six hours. The train reached a maximum speed of 394.2 km per hour during the trail run which started on December 9. Commercial operation launched today with two trains while passing over a distance through 20 different cities along the route.
High-speed line will use technology developed in cooperation with foreign companies like Siemens, Bombardier and Alstom, said the source.
This new service is expected to act as a catalyst in the development of central China that include underdeveloped areas such as connecting to Xianning with highly developed Pearl River Delhi, which is an industrial center in south China.
China's railway authorities showed that the average speed of high speed railway is 243 km per hour in Japan, 232 km per hour in Germany and 277 km per hour in France.
Era of high-speed railway in China began in 2004 when Guangzhou is connected to Shenzhen, both in Guangdong Province, by train with a speed of 160 km per hour. This was followed by the launch of high-speed line linking the capital with the port city of Tianjin during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
The government recently announced plans to build 42 high-speed lines in 2012 in order to spur economic growth amid the global decline. China has launched a major rail construction program, considered the largest plan in the world outside the United States. The aim is to take the rail network from the current 86,000 kilometers to 120,000 kilometers.