07 January 2017 Current Affairs: China has launched its longest bullet train “Shangri-la of the World” from Kunming, capital of south-west China’s Yunnan Province to Beijing, expanding its high speed train network to about 20,000 km connecting almost all provinces.
The train left Kunming at 11:05 am on a 2,760-km trip to Beijing, which takes about 13 hours.
The train’s name highlights the world famous resort in Shangri-la of Yunnan, a name first appearing in British novelist James Hilton’s Lost Horizon.
A ticket for a second-class seat on the train from Kunming to Beijing costs 1,147.5 yuan ($166). The line is also the longest east-west high-speed railway in China.
A longer rail line stretching north to south is the 2,298-km Beijing-Guangzhou line, put into operation in 2012.
China has built more than 20,000 km of high-speed rail lines.