China officially opened the world’s longest high-speed rail route on December 26, 2012. The date for the commemoration was chosen very carefully, as on December 26 is the birth anniversary of the former Chinese leader, Mao Zedong. The rail route links China’s capital Beijing with the southern commercial hub of Guangzhou. That makes some 2,298km of the route with 35 stops in between.
Other major cities that will be covered with this route are Wuhan and Changsha. The Chinese officials believe that the rail route is one of the world’s most technically advanced routes. This high-speed rail route will make the journey in less than ten hours, which previously took 22 hours.
Although in the past, China has been in the news with its broken railway lines that resulted in crashes and experts also believe that some of the rail routes also contain design flaws. People have questioned the plans and called in the corruption. But the criticism like this in China does not get much attention from the government. However, this particular railway line is said to be the best one.
There are many more such advanced tracks being built across China to connect the entire country. Chinese are not very highly regarded with their train technology, however, they are sure willing to expand on their railway business, especially in a country like Pakistan, which is itself in dire need of better railway tracks and technologized high-speed bullet trains.