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Trial run of high-speed railway in northern China

Updated: Jul 14,2015 2:39 PM

A bullet train at a station in Harbin, capital of Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, on July 13, 2015. The train later headed to Qiqihar, another city in the province, at the start of a trial operation. The railway line between the two cities will start operating in August.[Photo/Xinhua]

An attendant works on a train on the Harbin-Qiqihar high-speed railway line during a trial operation, on July 13, 2015. With a designed speed of 250 km/h, the journey covers 281 km in 1 hour and 20 minutes, with stops at eight stations - and the new line is expected to carry eight million passengers a year. China’s first bullet train was built in 2008, and the country now has more than 16,000 kilometers of high-speed railway track in operation - and another 10,000 kilometers under construction.[Photo/Xinhua]

A bullet train makes its way from Qiqihar to Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province, on July 13, 2015. The trains on this line have been modified to adapt to temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius and also to withstand strong winds, heavy rain, and snow.[Photo/Xinhua]