In Pics: China increases speed of Beijing-Shanghai bullet train

China has increased the maximum speed of bullet trains on the Beijing-Shanghai line to 350 kilometres per hour.

China Bullet Train

China has increased the maximum speed of bullet trains on the Beijing-Shanghai line to 350 kilometres (217 miles) per hour.

The speed limit had been reduced to 300 kilometres per hour after 40 people died in a high-speed train crash near Wenzhou in July 2011.

The acceleration cuts the 1,318-kilometre (819-mile) Beijing-Shanghai journey to 4 hours and 28 minutes, saving passengers nearly an hour. (AFP)

China's high speed train largest in the world

China's high-speed rail network is the largest in the world and seen by Beijing as a symbol of the country's advance.

The connection between the two metropolises is one of the country's busiest, carrying more than 100 million passengers a year. (AFP)

Tickets sold out

"These trains are so popular that the tickets for today already sold out a week ago," Xinhua cited Huang Xin, an official with the China Railway Corporation, as saying. (AFP)