Liuzhou Railway Station in southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region welcomed today, for the first time, CRH high speed services leaving Guangxi to Beijing. Train G530, amongst others, have been extended to serve Liuzhou (extensions to Nanning are expected within the year).
Most long-distance services, including the one to Beijing West, are operated by CRH380A trains and also run to other parts of China — mostly in a north-south direction. Destinations offered by these trains include Beijing West, Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou East, Wuhan, and Changsha South. Train G530 to Beijing West offers lie-flat seats in Business Class, as well as “ordinary” First and Second Class seats, and a dining car.
Speeds for the part from Liuzhou to Hengyang East will for the moment top out at 200 km/h (125 mph); further north of Hengyang East, speeds will increase to 300 km/h (186 mph).
It will take passengers just under 5 hours (on the fastest trains) to reach Changsha South from Liuzhou; to reach Wuhan, just over 6 hours (on the fastest services) will be needed. From Wuhan, Beijing is about another 4 or 5 hours away (depending on if you are riding on a fast or slow HSR train; as in how many stops it will make enroute).
For the moment, passengers from northern China wishing to travel to Nanning will have to change trains at Liuzhou (or Guilin). Later in 2014, there should be a direct train running the over 2,500 km (1,563 miles) distance from the capital to southern China.