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High-speed railway linking Harbin and Qiqihar starts operation

Updated: Aug 17,2015 6:37 PM     Xinhua

A steward prepares lunch for passengers on the high-speed train D7989, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, Aug 17, 2015. China’s northernmost high-speed railway between two cities of Harbin and Qiqihar in Heilongjiang started operation on Aug 17. With a designated speed of 250 kilometers per hour and eight stops, the trip from Harbin to Qiqihar was reduced from three hours to 85 minutes. The trains have been modified to adapt to temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius and resist adverse weather, such as strong winds, heavy rain, snow and fog. [Photo/Xinhua]

Passengers are seen at the Qiqihar South Railway Station, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, Aug 17, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Passengers wait to board the train at the Qiqihar South Railway Station, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, Aug 17, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

The high-speed train D7989 prepares to depart for Qiqihar at the Harbin Railway Station in Harbin, capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, Aug 17, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

The high-speed train D7989 prepares to depart for Qiqihar at the Harbin Railway Station in Harbin, capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, Aug 17, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

A stewardess serves passengers on the high-speed train D7989, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, Aug 17, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

The high-speed train D7989 prepares to depart for Qiqihar at the Harbin Railway Station in Harbin, capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, Aug 17, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

The high-speed train D7989 prepares to depart for Qiqihar at the Harbin Railway Station in Harbin, capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, Aug 17, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

A boy shows the ticket on the high-speed train D7989, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, Aug 17, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Passengers are seen at the Qiqihar South Railway Station, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, Aug 17, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Passengers celebrate on the high-speed train D7989, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, Aug 17, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Passengers queue to enter the Qiqihar South Railway Station in Qiqihar, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, Aug 17, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Passengers pose for a group photo on the high-speed train D7989, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, Aug 17, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

The high-speed train D7989 prepares to depart for Qiqihar at the Harbin Railway Station in Harbin, capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, Aug 17, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Passengers get off the train at the Daqing West Railway Station in Daqing, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, Aug 17, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

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