Xi'an-Chengdu High Speed Railway got massive attention from the beginning of construction on October 27, 2012. The railway connects Xi'an, one of the oldest cities in China with Chengdu, home of the giant panda, inhabitting a golden itinerary for traveling the West China. The railway was originally planned to open on September 30, 2017. Due to a geological problem occurred with Zhaojiayan tunnel in Guangyuan city of Sichuan province, it was delayed. Remedial work on Zhaojiayan tunnel was conducted on August 26 and the problem was then fixed. On September 27th, Xian to Chengdu High Speed Railway entered the phase of trial run. On November 13, the railway came to the stage of project acceptance. Even though the authority has not disclosed the actual date of grand opening, it's estimated that the much-anticipated Chengdu-Xian High Speed Railway would open by the end of November 2017.
☝ Xian-Chengdu High Speed Railway Map
Having a total length of 643 kilometers, Xian-Chengdu High Speed Railway is the first high speed railway in China that traverses Qinling Mountains. Originating from Xian North Railway Station, the Xian-Chengdu High Speed Railway travels through Guanzhong Plain, Qinling Mountains, Hanzhong Plain, Dabashan Mountains from north to south and meets with Chengdu-Mianyang-Leshan Intercity Railway in Sichuan Basin before it terminates at Chengdu East Railway Station. The newly built Xi'an North to Jiangyou section has a length of 509 kilometers including 343 kilometers of railways in Shaanxi Province and 166 kilometers of railway line in Sichuan Province. Stations along Xi'an-Chengdu High Speed Railway are Xi'an North Train Station, Epang Palace Train Station, Huyi Train Station, Xinchangjie Train Station, Foping Train Station, Yangxian West Train Station, Chenggu North Train Station, Hanzhong Train Station, Ningqiang South Train Station, Chaotian Train Station, Guangyuan Train Station, Jianmenguan Train Station, Qingchuan Train Station, Jiangyou North Train Station, Jiangyou Train Station and Chengdu East Train Station.
Xian-Chengdu High Speed Railway has a designated speed of 250 km per hour. That means, once it opens, riding time between Xi'an and Chengdu will be reduced to 3-4 hours from the former traveling time of 16 hours spent on the conventional speed train. Until to November 20, ticket price for Xian-Chengdu high speed bullet train is still unknown. Chinese railway fans calculated out that price for second class seat from Xi'an to Chengdu would be about CNY 220 Yuan based on related pricing policy, however, we will have to wait for final price until the authority discloses it.
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