The new line serves towns on the eastern side of the island, compared with the existing conventional railway running along the west coast. The new line has cost Yuan 200 billion ($US 30 billion) and has involved the construction of many bridges and tunnels.
Test running starts on Hainan HS line
THE first test train has run on the new 308km high-speed line linking Haikou with Sanya on the southern Chinese island of Hainan. The train reached a maximum speed of 250km/h during the 90-minute run on December 26.