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World's longest high-speed rail opens

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China started service on Wednesday on the world's longest high-speed rail route, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and -- sometimes troubled -- super fast rail network. 

A high-speed train departs a platform in Hebei province, south of Beijing, on December 22, 2012. China has started service on the world's longest high-speed rail route, Beijing to Guangzhou, the latest milestone in the country's rapid and -- sometimes troubled -- super fast rail network.

The opening of the new 2,298-kilometre (1,425-mile) line between Beijing and Guangzhou means passengers will be whisked from the capital to the southern commercial hub in just eight hours, compared with the 22 hours previously required.

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