Beijing will build the first underwater bullet train route with a price tag of RMB 25.2 billion or $3.6 billion. It will connect Ningbo, a port city south of Shanghai, to Zhoushan, an archipelago off the east coast. The project is expected to begin next year and is due for completion in 2025.
This underwater tunnel project will be a part of the77-kilometer Yong-Zhou Railway plan that is aimed at boosting the tourism industry and create a 2-hour-commute zone within Zhejiang Province. It will significantly shorten the current journey that takes about 4 and a half hours by bus.
The Yong-Zhou Railway will connect Ningbo East Station and Zhoushan (Baiquan) Station by high-speed trains that hit a maximum speed of 250 kilometers per hour.
The new route will transport travelers from Hangzhou the capital city of Zhejiang to Zhoushan in 80 minutes with 7 stations for the entire route, including four new stations and three redeveloped ones.
Zhoushan, some three hours’ drive south of Shanghai, is still relatively under-the-radar among international tourists but it’s one of the most noteworthy new state-level areas (or special economic-development zones designated by the Beijing government) in China.