By Bridget O'Donnell
Hey all of you outdoorsy, nature-loving city-dwellers, we've got some excellent news for you: transportation authorities are putting the finishing touches on a high-speed train that would cut the journey to Yellow Mountain (Huangshan) to just 1.5 hours.
The 265 km "Golden Tourist Railway" will travel at speeds of up to 250 km/h, connecting the Zhejiang capital of Hangzhou to Huangshan, a UNESCO Heritage site in Anhui Province.
And it's not just Huangshan that will be more accessible, either. Stops along the scenic route include several other China bucket list destinations, such as Tianmushan...
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Qiandao (Thousand Islands Lake), home to "China's Atlantis"...
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the Fuchun River...
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and a bamboo forest in Chun'an County.
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While a high-speed train already has already been connecting Shanghai to Huangshan since 2015, the journey takes roughly 4.5 hours. Once this new train is open to the public, passengers departing from Shanghai can take a short 50-minute high-speed train to Hangzhou before making their way to Huangshan.
The "Golden Tourist Railway" was completed last week, and passenger services are set to commence later this year.
But don't make those weekend hiking plans just yet because the official opening date hasn't been announced. Stay tuned!
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