Zhengzhou-Xian High-speed Rail is another new high-speed railway after the Wuhan-Guangzhou High-speed Rail, linking Zhengzhou (provincial city of Henan Province) and Xian (the capital of Shaanxi Province). It started operation in China on February 6th, 2010.
The Zhengzhou-Xian High-speed railway, 505-kilometer-long with a speed of about 350 kilometers per hour, cuts the travel time between Zhengzhou and Xian from over 6 hours to just about 2 hours.
The fares are comparatively a little higher than the ordinary railway, 390 RMB ($58) for one seat in a first-class carriage and 240 RMB ($36) in a economic carriage.
There are nine railway stations built along the line for boarding and dropping off passengers, including: Gongyi South Station, Longmen Station of Luoyang City, Mianchi South Station, Sanmenxia South Station, Lingbao West Station, Huashan North Station, Weinan North Station, Lintong East Station and Xian North Station. You can choose to take the trains at any of the nine at your convenience.
The first train left Xi'an at 10:50 am and arrived at Zhengzhou at 1:15 pm. Meanwhile, the first train from Zhengzhou to Xi'an departed from Zhengzhou at 07:55 am and arrived at Xi'an at 10:29 am. A total of 14 CHR trains would be running between Xi'an and Zhengzhou every day, at an interval of about 90 minutes in both cities.
Henan is one of the major grain producers of China and an emerging economic and industrial powerhouse. This most populous province in China is also a major tourist attraction with a great number of sites of historical and cultural interests, such as the Shaolin Temple, Longmen Grottoes, Mount Yuntai and Kaifeng City. Shaanxi boasts rich cultural resources and is endowed with rich natural resources such as coal, petroleum, and natural gas, also famous for Terracotta Warriors and Mount Huashan, etc.
The High-speed train is running across grand Weinan Bridge
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Passengers wave on high speed train traveling between Xi'an and Zhengzhou
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