China’s high-speed rail has just been extended, with several new lines opening on December 28. The longest of these is the Shenzhen-Xiamen stretch of the Hangzhou-Fuzhou-Shenzhen High Speed Railway. This now links all the southeastern coastal special economic zones, allowing travel by high speed rail directly from Guangzhou (by the Shenzhen-Guangzhou line) and Shenzhen to Xiamen, Shanghai and Hangzhou. The 514 km trip from Shenzhen to Xiamen has been shortened from 15 hours to 3.5 hours. See schedules here.
A 138 km line also opened from Baoji to Xi’an in Shaanxi province, extending the line which already connects Xi’an to Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province.