Guiyang–Guangzhou High-Speed Railway

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High Speed Railway
Status Under Construction
Locale Guiyang
Termini Guiyang East
Guangzhou South
Services 1
Operator(s) China Railway High-speed
Line length 857 km (533 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Operating speed 250Km/h

Guiyang-Guangzhou High Speed Railway is a major trunk route selected in the 11th Five Year Plan by the Chinese government. It will allow a fast link between the South-West Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Chongqing, Guizhou and Guangxi to the economic power houses of China in Guangdong and Hong Kong. It will allow for a massive reduction travel time between Guiyang and Guangzhou from 22 to 4 hours.

The 857 km route of this railway is more direct than current routes. This is due to the exceptionally difficult and mountainous terrain, making this high-speed project very expensive to construct. Project cost is estimated at 85.8 billion RMB (USD$12.6 billion).[1] This means 209 tunnels are required over the length of this route, some being in excess of 14 km in length.[2] It will pass through the major tourist destinations of Guilin and Yangshuo in Guangxi province with its unique karst landscape.

Construction commenced in 2008 and is expected to take 6 years to complete.

Construction progress on the Guiyang-Guangzhou High Speed Railway, bridge over the Xingping Reservoir in Xingping district of Yangshou county, Guilin, August 2013.