China opens railway to facilitate cross-Strait travel

FUZHOU (XINHUA) – The Fuzhou-Pingtan railway in east China’s Fujian Province was opened to traffic yesterday after seven years of construction, making it more convenient for cross-Strait travels.

The 88-km railway, designed to support high-speed trains traveling at a speed of up to 200 km per hour, connects the provincial capital of Fuzhou with the island county of Pingtan, where the Pingtan Comprehensive Pilot Zone was set up in 2009 to facilitate cross-Strait exchange and cooperation.

The Fuzhou-Pingtan railway will link Pingtan with major cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen through the transportation hub in Fuzhou, said official with the China Railway Nanchang Group Co Ltd Li Fei.

The railway will facilitate personnel exchanges across the Strait and further promote the development and opening-up of Pingtan, said entrepreneur Yang Ping-hao in Pingtan.

Starting January 20, 2021 up to 17 sets of bullet trains will run on the line every day, up from 9.5 sets plying currently.

The station platform of Pingtan station on the Fuzhou-Pingtan railway in southeast China’s Fujian Province. PHOTO: XINHUA