Shanghai–Kunming high-speed railway

The Shanghai–Kunming high-speed railway is a high-speed railway line. It was built in stages and completed on 28 December 2016.[1] It is part of the CRH's system of passenger-dedicated lines, beginning in Shanghai and ending in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. Following a fairly similar route to the older "conventional" Shanghai–Kunming Railway, the Shanghai–Kunming high-speed railway passes through four more provincial capitals, the cities of Hangzhou, Nanchang, Changsha, and Guiyang.[2]

high-speed railway
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TypeHigh-speed rail
LocaleShanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guizhou, and Yunnan
TerminiShanghai Hongqiao
Kunming South
Opened28 December 2016
OwnerChina Railway
Operator(s)China Railway High-speed
Line length2,066 km (1,284 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Operating speed350 km/h (220 mph)
Route map
Shanghai-Kunming Line.png


The entire line is operational. The last section, Guiyang–Kunming, was opened on 28 December 2016. In November 2017, Chinese media reported that traffic safety was endangered due to quality issues with the construction; furthermore, the construction company committed fraud and illegal subcontracting. On some sections, operational speeds were reduced from 300 kilometres per hour (190 mph) to 70 kilometres per hour (43 mph), due to gravely shoddy construction, confirmed by the state media.[3][4]


Section Description Designed


start date

Open date
high-speed railway

HSR Corridor connecting East, Central and Southwest China. It consists of three sections connecting Shanghai, Hangzhou, Changsha and Kunming. 350 2,066 2009-02-26 2016-12-28
Shanghai–Hangzhou section
(Shanghai–Hangzhou high-speed railway)
HSR connecting Shanghai and Hangzhou. 350 150 2009-02-26 2010-10-26
Hangzhou–Changsha section
(Hangzhou–Changsha high-speed railway)
HSR connecting Hangzhou & Changsha, via Nanchang. 350 933 2009-12-22 Hangzhou–Nanchang Section: 2014-12-10[5]
Nanchang–Changsha Section: 2014-09-16[6]
Changsha–Kunming section
(Changsha–Kunming high-speed railway)
HSR connecting Changsha & Kunming 350 1,175 2010-03-26 Changsha–Xinhuang Section: 2014-12-16[7]
Xinhuang-Guiyang Section: 2015-06-18
Guiyang-Kunming section: 2016-12-28
Hukun HSR map to scale


  1. ^ "Shanghai-Kunming line section starts operation". Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  2. ^ 沪昆高铁设址长沙南站 长沙成中国首个高铁枢纽城市 (in Chinese). 5 March 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  3. ^ "沪昆高铁个别隧道存严重质量问题 危及行车安全 铁总通报". 15 November 2017.
  4. ^ "中国沪昆高铁贵州段遭爆建造"豆腐渣"隧道". 14 November 2017.
  5. ^ Hangzhou-Changsha high-speed rail starts operating 10 December 2014
  6. ^ Nanchang - Changsha high speed line opens 16 September 2014
  7. ^ Changsha–Huaihua high-speed line opens, 19 December 2014