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China : XINJIANG high-speed railway set to start.

China Railway Corporation (CRC) has announced that a high-speed rail line will begin operation on Nov. 16 that links Urumqi,capital of northwest China s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, with the region s Hami Prefecture.

Operating at a speed of nearly 200 kilometers per hour, the bullet trains will cut travel time between Urumqi and Hami from the present five hours to nearly three hours.

China began the construction of the 530-kilometer rail link in January, 2010. It is included in the 1,776-kilometer Lanzhou-Xinjiang high-speed railway that covers northwest China's Gansu Province, Qinghai Province and Xinjiang. By the year-end, the rest of the Lanzhou-Xinjiang railway will start operation.

The CRC said: The high-speed railway will further improve travel conditions for all ethnic groups in Xinjiang. It will also facilitate the economic and social development in the autonomous region.

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Date:Nov 7, 2014
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