The all-new Harbin-Qiqihar HSR will open to the general public in August 2015, according to reports from Harbin Rail. Tests on the new line are already underway.
The 281 km (176 mi) long line is ready for speeds up to 250 km/h (155 mph) and will be composed of eight stations, as follows:
- Harbin North (Harbinbei) 哈尔滨北
- Zhaodong 肇东
- Anda 安达
- Daqing East (Daqingdong) 大庆东
- Daqing West (Daqingxi) 大庆西
- Taikang 泰康
- Hongqiying East (Hongqiyingdong) 红旗营东
- Qiqihar South (Qiqiharnan) 齐齐哈尔南
Works began on this line on 30 November 2009, which is nearly two-quarters on bridges. It in essence raises the bar as to where China’s northernmost HSR station is — a title currently held by Harbin West (Harbinxi) station but which could soon see another title bearer.
There are also further plans to extend the Harbin Metro (which presently consists of the solitary Line 1) further north, across the Songhua River to Harbin North station.