Yunnan High-Speed Rail Era Is Coming

We all know that Shanghai-Kunming high-speed rail and Yunnan-Guangxi high-speed rail will be put into operation by the end of this year. It can be said that this year people in Yunnan are highly anticipating the day to come. And from now on, Yunnan Province will enter a 15-year period of rapid development of high-speed rail! And we find out that in 2020, Yunnan people could be able to go to Hong Kong by high-speed rail. 

Take the high-speed train from Kunming to Hong Kong 

In the two sessions this year, the National Economic and Social Development 13th Five-Year Plan Outline (Draft) is submitted to NPC deputies and CPPCC members for discussion. The draft of more than 80,000 words covers the total of all aspects of development planning in China from 2016 to 2020. The Draft: to increase the high speed railway network, to run through the high speed railway channel of Harbin-Beijing -Hong Kong (Macau), Lianyungang-Urumqi, Shanghai-Kunming, Guangzhou-Kunming, and to construct Beijing-Hong Kong, Hohhot-Nanning, Beijing-Kunming, Baotou Yinchuan-Haikou, Qingdao-Yinchuan, Lanzhou (Xining)-Guangzhou, Beijing-Lanzhou, Chongqing-Xiamen high speed railway channels in order to expand regional connection lines. High-speed railway mileage will reach 30,000 kilometers, covering more than eighty percent major cities.

According to the draft, in the next five years, high-speed rail will be built from Beijing to Hong Kong. 

Because by 2020, China will build the Beijing-Hong Kong (Macau), Shanghai-Kunming, Guangzhou-Kunming high speed railway channels. 

So by then you don’t need to take the flight from Beijing to Hong Kong or Macao, but you will reach your destinations after a short sleeping time. 

With the completion of Beijing-Kunming high-speed rail, people in Kunming can take the high-speed train from Kunming to Beijing, and then take the high-speed train from Beijing to Hong Kong! 

Beijing-Kunming high-speed rail is from Beijing to Zhengzhou, Chongqing and Kunming, as of now, Beijing-Zhengzhou section is shared with Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed rail, and the Zhengzhou-Chongqing high-speed section is under construction. Chongqing-Kunming high-speed rail, namely Chongqing-Kunming high-speed rail Yunnan section will be started this year. “For Chongqing-Kunming high-speed rail is part of the Beijing-Kunming line, like the Shanghai-Kunming high-speed rail is constructed and operated by segmentation, Beijing-Kunming high-speed rail is also constructed and operated by segmentation.” said the relevant people.

So, at the end of this year, with the opening of Shanghai - Kunming high-speed rail and Yunnan - Guangxi high-speed rail, Kunming will be connected with the cities that have high-speed rail operation through the national high-speed network. Imagine that Kunming to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou direct high-speed rail should be operated. 

However, according to relevant people, so far, the plan of whether Kunming would be the departing station for high speed trains hasn’t come out yet.

 But anyway, by transfer or direct line, at the end of the year, it is no doubt that you can reach domestic cities with access to high-speed rail from Kunming, while apparently you can also take high-speed train from Kunming to Beijing. And from the information available, you can reach Beijing from Kunming within 10 hours by high speed rail if the direct line between the two cities open by then. 

A speeding bullet train will not only change the way people travel, but also subvert people's conception of time and space. High-speed rail will bring about different life ways on people’s daily life: relationship forming, employment choosing, housing, traveling and consuming, etc.