China plans to use Fuxing bullet trains on the Beijing-Hangzhou high-speed railway on April 10. Covering 1279 km, the travel time between Beijing and Hangzhou will cut more than 30 minutes off the current journey time.
The current fastest service between Beijing and Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province, takes five hours and two minutes. But with Fuxing, or Rejuvenation, which is China's domestically developed new generation of bullet trains with a design speed of 350 km/h, the fastest service will take only four hours and eighteen minutes.
According to a new train service schedule that will take effect on April 10, there will be three pairs of Fuxing trains running between Beijing and Hangzhou each day. Surprisingly, the ticket price will remain the same - a second-class seat will cost 538.5 yuan ($85) and a first-class seat will cost 907 yuan ($143).