A 277-kilometer (172-mile) high-speed train line connecting the cities of Zhangzhou, Xiamen, and Fuzhou. All of which are located in the Fujian Province is the newest addition to the nation’s network. The state-run railway operator China Railway states that the top speed for trains travelling along this track is 350 kilometres per hour (217 miles per hour).
On Thursday, September 28, the first train on this line made its premiere. Leaving Fuzhou, the provincial capital, at 9:15 a.m. The new railway is the nation’s first over-water bullet train and currently features 84 bridges, 29 tunnels, and 20 km (12 miles) of track that crosses the sea.
According to China Railway. Overwater rail sections were constructed using clever robots and corrosion-resistant steel. That is why it is friendly to the environment. The “Eight Horizontal and Eight Vertical” rail programme. Which the Chinese government launched in 2016, included a number of infrastructure projects, including the new line. The rugged topography in Fujian province has made ground transportation difficult. According to state-run media agency Xinhua. China Railway Siyuan Survey and Design Group Co Ltd designed the railway project. China had 42,000 km of high-speed rail in use by 2022. As of June 2022, there were over 3,200 km of high-speed rail that was regularly operating at 350 km per hour.
The fact that the province of Fujian is located closest to the independent island of Taiwan makes it crucial. The westernmost area of Taiwan, Kinmen, is only 2.5 miles away (10 km) across the Taiwan Strait from Xiamen. Taiwan was never under the Communist Party of China’s rule, but the party still claims Taiwan as its own.
The Communist Party, according to Xinhua, sent a statement earlier this month urging “facilitating better connectivity and integration between Fujian and Taiwan.” The construction of a literal and figurative bridge. By a group of eight Kinmen local government councillors. According to the proposal, Kinmen would become a “peace island,” or a sort of DMZ between Taiwan and China.
China’s ambition to expand Fujian into an integrated development zone with Taiwan was recently made public. China hopes that the link will increase business prospects and facilitate travel.
According to state media, integrated multidimensional transport network had been established in the province of Fujian. Making it “technically possible to build a high speed transport passage linking the province with Taiwan.” Taiwan has rejected earlier Chinese purpose to connect the island to the train system. Which would need building the longest under the sea tunnel in the world beneath the Taiwan Strait.