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Construction of Shanghai-Kunming Railway's longest tunnel launched

Source:   Time:

The construction of the Shanghai-Kunming Railway's longest tunnel, the Bibanpo(壁板坡) Tunnel that is located in Fuyuan County of Qujing Prefecture in Yunnan Province has been launched on December 2nd, 2010. With a length of 14.7 kilometers, the tunnel is expected to be completed in June 2015.

The Shanghai-Kunming Railway or Hukun Railway, also known as the Hukun Line, is a major arterial railroad across eastern, south central and southwest China. It is a double track from Shanghai's South Station to Liupanshui and single-track railway for about 400 km from Liupanshui to Kunming. The speed limit for Hukun Line is 200 km/h from Shanghai to Zhuzhou and it is 120 km/h from Zhuzhou to Huaihua. The entire line is electrified. The line has a total length of 2,690 km and passes through Shanghai Municipality, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guizhou and Yunnan Province. Major cities along route include Shanghai, Jiaxing, Hangzhou, Yiwu, Jinhua, Shangrao, Yingtan, Pingxiang, Zhuzhou, Huaihua, Kaili, Guiyang, Anshun, Qujing, and Kunming. It is expected to be completed in 2015, and then it will only take 10 hours from Shanghai to Kunming in future.

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