Going the distance

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If 6,800 miles of high speed track isn't impressive, just wait for China's next trick.

Beijing plans to double the network's size in a few years, including a line connecting central China with the restive Xinjiang region in the far west.

While the economic benefits of the link are questionable, the new line will cut travel time between Lanzhou and Urumqi to eight hours from 21 hours.

First published January 29, 2015: 5:06 PM ET

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