The Ministry of Railways plans to open the new line before the end of the year which will extend China's high-speed network to 9300km.

This is the final section of China's longest high-speed line, linking Beijing with Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Changsha, Zhuzhou, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen on the border with Hong Kong, which will cover a total distance of 2287km. A short section into Hong Kong is under construction.

This will be the fifth section of high-speed line to open in China this year. The 921km Harbin - Dalian line opened on December 1, Hefei - Bengbu on October 16, Zhengzhou - Wuhan on September 28 and Wuhan - Yichang on July 1.