A 1,428-mile high-speed rail line opened in China, making it the world's longest high-speed rail line. The rail line cuts the train trip by more than half from Beijing to Guangzhou.
The train travels at 186 miles per hour. The line will make 35 stops in major cities and will serve 155 daily trains. Among the stops are the provincial capitals Shijiazhuang, Wuhan and Changsha. The trip from Beijing to Guangzhou usually takes 20 hours but this new trip will cut it down to eight hours, according to The Telegraph.
More than 150 pairs of high-speed trains will run on the new line every day, the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing the Ministry of Railways.
Railway is an essential part in China's transportation system, and the government plans to build a grid of high-speed railways with four east-west lines and four north-south lines by 2020.
The opening of the new line brings the total distance covered by China's high-speed railway system to more than 9,300 km (5,800 miles) - about half its 2015 target of 18,000 km.