CHINA Railways (CR) opened the 175km Guiyang - Libo section of the 482km Guiyang - Nanning high-speed line on August 8, cutting journey times between the two cities to 57 minutes.

Construction of the 350km/h line began in December 2017. Testing of the Libo - Nanning East section is also due to begin soon.

The Guiyang - Nanning high-speed line forms an important part of China’s network of eight vertical and eight horizontal high-speed lines, forming part of the north-south corridor from Baotou, Yinchuan, to Haikou.

The stations at Longli North, Guiding County and Duyun East have been refurbished, while new stations have been built at Dushandong East and Libo.

The full line crosses the Guizhou plateau, the Miao Ling mountain range, the Qingshui, Chengjiang and Hongshui rivers and a range of other complex topography, with up to 90% of the line running through the 62 tunnels or over the 86 bridges on the route.

CR will initially operate 28 services a day on the line.

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