China's incredible high-speed rail system

Beijing has spent hundreds of billions of dollars to build the world's largest high-speed rail system -- a feat accomplished in less than a decade.

Beijing to Shanghai in 5 hours

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The extensive network connects just about every major city in eastern China -- from Harbin in the north to Shenzhen, near the border with Hong Kong.

Trains cover the 820 miles between China's two largest cities -- Shanghai to Beijing -- in just five hours. Since the line opened in 2011, more than 220 million passengers have traveled the route.

- Last updated January 29 2015 05:06 PM ET

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