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    China Launches Country’s Longest High-Speed Train Route

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    China launched on Thursday the longest high-speed train route in the country with a length of 2,800 km (1,700 miles), media reported.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) The high speed train named "Shangri-la of the World," left the Chinese city of Kunming for Beijing earlier in the day at 11:05 a.m. local time (03:05 GMT), Xinhua news agency reported.

    The trip takes about 13 hours. A ticket for a second-class seat on the train costs 1,147 yuan ($166).

    China currently has the world’s longest high-speed rail network with over 22,000 km (13,600 miles) of track. Some Chinese high speed trains can reach operational speeds of 380 km/h (240 mph).

    China plans to increase the total length of railways in the country to 175,000 km (109,000 miles) by 2025.

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