China has built itself one of the most extensive railway systems in the world. And now with so many lines extended throughout the country's vast landscape, the next step appears to be underseas.
The China Railway Group in Beijing has given approval to build the country’s first underwater high-speed train tunnel in Zhejiang province, according to CNN. The aquatic tunnel will be part of the new Yong-Zhou Railway, stretching 77 kilometers.
Only 16.2 kilometers of the line will be underseas, connecting Zhoushan to major port city Ningbo in 30 minutes and Zhejiang's capital city Hangzhou in 80 minutes. The new railway line will consist of seven stations, with four new stops being built and three being renovated.
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The final eastern terminal, Zhoushan city, is an archipelago consisting of about one thousand islands off China’s east coast, and may appeal to tourists as a fun place to go island hopping in a lesser-known travel destination. While the city already has an airport, linking the island with China’s vast railway network will only increase the amount of traffic running through one of the Chinese mainland’s most beautiful national scenic areas.
A sunset in Zhoushan. Image via @travel2china/Instagram
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