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2012-09-07 10:33:47     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Bao Congying
 

Luoyang is one of the most famous tourist destinations in central China, sandwiched conveniently between the region's two other popular cities, Xi'an and Zhengzhou. Ever since the new highspeed train connection between Xi'an and Zhengzhou in February 2010 an increasing number of tourists have been flooding into Luoyang.

The time it takes to travel from Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province to Luoyang, a smaller city also in Henan, has now been slashed from 100 minutes to around 30. There are now dozens of trains running between the two destinations each day. In fact, the connection is so good, its no exaggeration to describe Zhengzhou and Luoyang as new twin cities.

Bai Xuanjie is a professor at the Luoyang Institute of Science and Technology.

"I once took high-speed train from Luoyang to Zhengzhou and from Luoyang to Xi'an. I was deeply impressed by the speed of the trains. Previously, a round trip between Luoyang and Zhengzhou would take about one day. Now, the time has been cut to half a day. The time of a round trip between Luoyang and Xi'an has been reduced from two days to only one day."

Bai Xuanjie has a daughter who works as a teacher at Zhengzhou University, so is often traveling between Zhengzhou and Luoyang either on business or pleasure C or sometimes both.

Bai's usual routine is to park his car at Luoyang station, take the highspeed train to Zhengzhou for a meeting, then join his daughter for a meal before returning in the evening.

The new fast train connection has had a significant impact on people's lives in both cities.

Wei Han is the sales director of a small real estate company based in Luoyang.

"Take one of my neighbor as an example, he is working in Zhengzhou but he bought a house in Luoyang. Every one or two weeks, he will travel from Zhengzhou to Luoyang and spend weekends here. After a casual weekend, he will return to Zhengzhou for work. Now, his weekly trip has become more convenient due to the high-speed railway between Zhengzhou and Luoyang."

Wei Han hopes as an increasing number of people take advantages of the train to staddle both cities, real estate in Luoyang is likely to see a boom.

"Xi'an and Zhengzhou are capital cities of two provinces. Luoyang is a smaller city located between them. Customers from Zhengzhou and Xi'an will find that housing prices in Luoyang are relatively low and reasonable. Buying houses in the city might be a right choice because properties have the potential to rise."

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