Good news travelers, there will soon be a faster way to journey from the Chengdu pandas to the Xi’an Terracotta Warriors.
China has currently been constructing its first Xi’an-Chengdu high speed railway and recently carried out its first full course test run.
Train stewardess serves passenger tea during test run on Nov 22, 2017. Drink up, you've got a three hour journey ahead of you!
According to China Daily, the No 55251 high-speed train left Xi'an North Railway Station and began its three-hour journey to the southwest city of Chengdu, running at 250 kilometers per hour.
Previously, traveling between the two cities took 16 hours via rail. The new Xi’an Chengdu rail is 643 kilometers long and is the first rail route to travel though the Qinling Mountains.
All aboard! Conductor drives the No. 55251 high speed train from Xi'an to Chengdu on its first full course test run
The Xi’an-Chengdu high speed train is scheduled to fully operate later this year. According to the city’s railway authority, they expect to have five pairs of trains transiting from Xi'an to Chengdu and two trains from Xi’an to Chongqing every day.
Before No. 55251 leaves for its test run, a machinist double checks the train at Xi'anbei Railway Station.
This isn't the only new track in China's high speed railway system. This year, there have been several revamps on China's high speed railway trains including new Beijing-Tianjin bullet trains, cutting down the distance between the Beijing-Shanghai bullet trains, new Super HSR magnetic train technology, and giving passengers to option to choose their own seats.
[Images via China Daily]