GCTL8.com (FocusAsia Media Ltd)

KUNMING, Dec 29 (FAM) – China on Wednesday put one of the world’s longest high-speed railways into operation, linking the country’s prosperous eastern coast with the less-developed southwest.

The Shanghai-Kunming line — 2,252 km in length — traverses five provinces, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guizhou and Yunnan, and cuts the travel time from Shanghai to Kunming, capital city of Yunnan Province, from 34 to 11 hours, according to China Railway Corporation. The maximum speed is 330 km per hour.