New railway brings Guangzhou closer to Southwest China

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The Chongqing-Guiyang railway is put into service on January 25, which will greatly reduce the travel time between Guangzhou and Southwest China as well as the travel expenses for passengers.

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Previously, the direct high-speed train shuttling between Guangzhou and Chongqing took 11 hours and 23 minutes, and the price was 720 yuan for a second-class seat. The train had to pass through Wuhan to reach Chongqing or Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. The new train will cut about four hours off the trip.

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Train D1862 departs at 7 a.m. from Guangzhou South Railway Station and reaches Chongqing West Railway Station at 2:23 p.m., taking seven hours and 23 minutes. It costs only 392.5 yuan for a second-class seat, which is 310 yuan cheaper than before. There are altogether 13 D-series trains operating daily from GZ South Railway Station to Chongqing.

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For passengers heading to Chengdu, they will need only approximately two additional hours to reach Chengdu on a high-speed train after stopping in Chongqing.

In addition, more D-series high-speed trains are expected to be added along the route between Chongqing and Guiyang, Changsha, Kunming and Guangzhou, which will better connect the Southwest China region with other parts of the country.

Chongqing

Chongqing Municipality, a major city in Southwest China, is well-known for its spicy food, such as hot pot. Its cuisine is often considered numbing because of the use of Sichuan pepper, also known as Sichuan peppercorn.

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Hot pot

Besides delicious food, Chongqing, as a city of mountains, also offers wonderful views.

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A unique overpass.

Hongyadong

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Sitting on the south bank of the Jialingjiang River, Hongyadong and its ancient buildings - famous for their resemblance to scenes in the Oscar-winning animation Spirited Away by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. It is a must-see landmark in Chongqing.

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千と千寻の神隠し(Spirited Away)

Ciqikou Old Town

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Ciqikou is an old street with a long history of approximately 1000 years. It is a miniature of Chongqing, which got its name as an important ferry terminal along Jialing Riverf or producing and transshipping china wares in Qing Dynasty. Today, many of the ancient buildings are still well protected, with various traditional snacks and activities.

Chengdu

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As the capital of Sichuan province, Chengdu is a city with many faces. Besides being noted for its delicious spicy food and beautiful scenery, it also is the hometown of the giant panda. Visitors can take a three-day panda tour, visiting the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding as well as the classic attractions in the city, including Sanxingdui Museum and Wangjiang Tower Park.

Dazu Rock Carvings

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Dazu Rock Carvings of Chengdu City is renowned as a large rock carvings group of three Chinese religious beliefs including Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. Located in the north of Dazu County, 120 kilometers away from the Chongqing City, the carvings can trace back to A.D. 892 during late Tang Dynasty (618-907) and were finally completed in 1162, which is more than 250 years later during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127).

Sanxingdui Museum

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Sanxingdui, the ruins of the capital of the ancient Shu, a Kingdom over 4,000 years ago, is located in Guanghan City. The site covers an area of 120,000 square meters. In 1986, a great number of relics were brought to lights, among which six pieces are evaluated as national treasures, representing the best of the art of copper in China. The discovery of Sanxingdui predates 2,000 years of Sichuan's history and proves that the upper reaches of the Yangtze and the Yellow River region are the cradle of the Chinese civilization. The Sanxindui is recognized as one of world's most important ancient remains because of its vast size, age and cultural contents.

After the Chongqing-Guiyang railway is put into service, there is now a new cost-effective way from Guangzhou to Chongqing or Chengdu. If you are interested in visiting the two cities by high-speed train, you can book a ticket via the app China Railway 12306.

Source: Life of Guangzhou

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