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China Opens World’s Longest High-Speed Railway

Beijing-Guangzhou Railway Opens          

December 26 is the birthday of late Chairman Mao Zedong; it also marks the opening of the world’s longest (2,298 km or 1,428 miles) high-speed railway, linking the cities of Beijing and Guangzhou. Traveling at an average speed of 300 km per hour (or 186 miles per hour), the railway will cut travel time between the country’s capital and the southern economic center to about eight hours.

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