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A new Maglev line plans to link Shanghai with Guangzhou and Shenzhen

The plan will shorten the journey to under three hours

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If you, like us, get a kick out of riding the Shanghai Maglev (especially when it hits its peak speed of 431kph) then you’ll be pleased know you could be looking at a longer ride in the future.

The Guangdong Province’s department of natural resources has announced plans to reserve land and construct a new Maglev line that connects Shanghai to Shenzhen and Guangzhou. It’s said the line will cut the travel the time between the cities to under three hours (seven will currently get you there the quickest) while reaching a dizzying speed of 600kph.

Planning is still in earliest stages according to Shine, with a document titled ‘Space Planning of Guangdong Province (2020-2035)’ underlying the development process. It also reveals another Maglev train line is in the works – one that runs from Beijing through to Guangzhou and the journey is expected to take around three hours and 20 minutes.

While it all seems a world away at the moment, there is some news that might make all the hype around the Maglev look a little more tangible. In a conference last September, as The Global Times reported, the Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), He Huawu, laid out plan for two further Maglev lines that link Shanghai to Hangzhou and Guangzhou to Shenzhen.

Once completed, the 164km long Shanghai-Hangzhou Maglev line will be entirely above ground and connected to the current Maglev service between Longyang Lu and Pudong International Airport. The Guangzhou-Shenzhen Maglev line will be 110km long and is expected to eventually connect to Kowloon station in Hong Kong.

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