The Guangzhou-Wuhan line is 1100km long, of which 713km is elevated or in tunnel. Construction took about four and half years and cost an estimated $US 17 billion. A new 20-track station has been built in Wuhan.
The line will form the southern section of a 350km/h line being built from Wuhan via Zhengzhou and Shijiazhuang to Beijing. This line is expected to open in 2012, cutting the Beijing - Guangzhou journey time from 21 hours to eight.