The Anhui section high-speed rail linking Hefei, capital of East China's Anhui province, with Fuzhou, capital of East China's Fujian province, has handled more than 20 million trips since it opened to traffic on June 28, 2015, rail authorities said.
The railway is dubbed the most beautiful Chinese railway, as it passes a number of tourist attractions like Huangshan Mountain, Wuyuan, Sanqing Mountain and Wuyi Mountain, according to Shanghai Railway Bureau.
Thanks to the rail line, the travel time between Hefei and Fuzhou has been slashed from eight to four hours. Also, it takes merely an hour and a half to travel from Hefei to Huangshan, an Anhui city home to the renowned Huangshan Mountain.
Less time on the road interests more potential visitors to the province. Huangshan city, for example, saw a 13 percent rise in the number of tourists after the railway opened. Between January and May, Beijing climbed two notches in a list of Huangshan's top ten source markets, with 143,000 visiting the city. Meanwhile, Shandong, Jiangxi and Fujian provinces, which are also connected with Anhui by that rail, moved up two, three and six spots, respectively.
Statistics also show that the high-speed railway station in Huangshan has handled 3.39 million trips as of June 15, a daily average of 10,000.