December 7, 2008

China completing high-speed rail line

China's says Beijing and Shanghai soon will be connected by the world's longest high-speed rail.

The track, now 91-percent complete with 743 miles of finished rails, will shorten the ride between Beijing and Shanghai from 11 hours to 5 hours, Xinhua, China's state-run news agency, reported Sunday.

More than 110,000 workers are finishing rail bridges over the Huaihe and Yangtze rivers and the main terminal in Shanghai, Xinhua reported, noting the line is to open in 2009.