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High-speed train debuts in W. China

2010-02-06 12:56 BJT


The first high-speed passenger train in western China makes its debut on Saturday. The line shortens travel time between Xi'an and Zhengzhou by two-thirds. BizChina's Zhou Xiaoye has more.

The line is on a 2-hour cycle. Xi'an and Zhengzhou tourism bureaus have special promotions for passengers, such as discount tickets to local scenic spots.

Yu Yajun, deputy director of Tourism Bureau of Xi'an, said, "Many scenic spots in both Xi'an and Zhengzhou have launched preferential policies towards residents from each other's side."

Train passengers can take advantage of 25 to 75 percent discount to these tourism spots. Travel agencies will also arrange tour groups to each other's city after the Spring Festival.

Wang Gang, deputy director of Xi'an Railway Station, said, "High-speed rail tickets will be available in twenty days. We will also provide parking spaces for tour buses in the train station square."

The train route is 505 kilometers long. The final price tag is 35.3 billion yuan.

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