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The Shanghai–Kunming Railway or Hukun Railway (simplified Chinese: 沪昆铁路; traditional Chinese: 滬昆鐵路; pinyin: hùkūn tiělù), also known as the Hukun Line, is a major arterial railroad across eastern, south central and southwest China. It connects Shanghai, whose shorthand name is Hu, and Kunming. The line has a total length of 2,690 km and passes through Shanghai Municipality, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guizhou and Yunnan Province. Major cities along route include Shanghai, Jiaxing, Hangzhou, Yiwu, Jinhua, Shangrao, Yingtan, Pingxiang, Zhuzhou, Huaihua, Kaili, Guiyang, Anshun, Qujing, and Kunming.

Shanghai–Kunming railway
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The Erdaoyan Station on the Guikun Section of the Shanghai-Kunming Railway in Guizhou
TypeHeavy rail
TerminiShanghai South
Operator(s)China Railway
Line length2,690 km (1,670 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Route map
Shanghai South
26 km Songjiang
80 km Jiaxing
108 km Haining
167 km Hangzhou East
312 km Yiwu
360 km Jinhua
446 km Quzhou
557 km Shangrao
673 km Yingtan
1125 km Zhuzhou
1151 km Xiangtan
1250 km Loudi
1565 km Huaihua
1652 km Xinhuang
1685 km Yuping
1746 km Zhenyuan
1834 km Kaili
2022 km Guiyang
2119 km Anshun West
2175 km Liuzhi
2271 km Liupanshui
2402 km Xuanwei
2503 km Qujing North
2660 km Kunming


Line DescriptionEdit

The Hukun Line is double track from Shanghai's South Station to Liupanshui and single-track railway for about 400 km from Liupanshui to Kunming. The speed limit for Hukun Line is 200 km/h from Shanghai to Zhuzhou and it is 120 km/h from Zhuzhou to Huaihua. The entire line is electrified.

The Guiyang-Kunming Railway crossing the Kedu River near Liupanshui, Guizhou.

The Shanghai–Kunming High-Speed Railway, runs parallel to the Shanghai–Kunming Railway.


The Shanghai–Kunming Railway has four major segments, which were built over a span of 70 years. In 2006, after the Ministry of Railways rebuilt sections along route and increased train travel speed, the four lines were collectively referred to as one.


On May 23, 2010 (UTC+8), passenger train derailed after heavy rains caused mudslides on the Hukun Line in Jiangxi Province, killing 19 passengers and injuring 71.[1]

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