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  • NEW ARRIVAL: A train arrives at the Beijing South Railway Station after a test run on the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway (WEI YAO)
  • READY TO GO: An attendant inspects the platform before the G1 train leaves the Beijing South Railway Station for Shanghai (WEI YAO)
  • HIGH-END EQUIPMENT: Passengers enjoy the comfortable seating and convenient amenities of the business-class coach (WEI YAO)
  • QUALITY SERVICE: Attendants serve tea and coffee to passengers (WEI YAO)
  • DIRECT RESPONSE: Attendants in a bar on the G1 train solicit feedback from passengers during the test run (WEI YAO)
  • GETTING CONNECTED: A passenger surfs the Internet on the G1 train during the test run (WEI YAO)
  • ENTERTAINMENT ONBOARD: Passengers can watch movies and other video programs on overhead screens in second-class coaches (WEI YAO)
  • CLEAN AND COZY: The dining car is located in the middle of the train (SHI GANG)
  • DETAIL MATTERS: A sliding door reveals a spacious handicapped-accessible bathroom (SHI GANG)
  • ON THE AIR: An attendant makes an announcement from the communications terminal (SHI GANG)
  • SEE IT THROUGH: The observation cabin gives a clear view of the conductor's cabin (SHI GANG)
  • OUTSIDE THE WINDOW: Another high-speed train zooms past the Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai at 1:33 p.m. on June 27 (SHI GANG)

The Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway went into service on June 30, reducing the travelling time between the two cities from the previous 14 hours to around five.

The 1,318-km railway was built in a little over three years with a total investment of 221 billion yuan ($34 billion).

According to the Ministry of Railways, trains run at two speeds on the route, 250 km per hour and 300 km per hour. For the two speeds, the price of a one-way second-class seat for the whole journey is 555 yuan ($85) and 410 yuan ($63), respectively .

Beijing Review reporter Wei Yao and Shi Gang made a trip from Beijing to Shanghai on June 27 aboard the G1 train during a test run on the high-speed railway.

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