China's first cross-sea high-speed railway, the Fuzhou-Xiamen high-speed railway, started trial operation on Thursday.
Connecting the province's capital Fuzhou and the port city of Xiamen in east China's Fujian Province, the line extends 277.42 kilometers along several port cities including Putian, Quanzhou and Zhangzhou.
Commenced in September 2017, the new railway is expected to be ready for operation by the end of September this year. With a maximum designed speed of 350 kilometers per hour, it will slash the travel time between Fuzhou and Xiamen from two hours to one hour.
The Fuzhou-Xiamen railway will become part of the national high-speed network.