Passengers can now travel between Chengdu and Chongqing in an unprecedented two hours and 41 minutes.
The new bullet trains, "Harmony" (和谐), travel at speeds up to 200 kilometers per hour.
Until the first of this month, the fastest trains made the 368-kilometer trip in approximately three-and-a-half hours. That travel time was a massive improvement over the nine-hour journey that traveling between the two cities by train was just several years ago.
Once the ongoing high-speed rail network is completed, travel time between the two cities will be shortened to a reported one hour, with trains traveling up to 350 kilometers per hour on two tracks.
The trains depart from Chengdu's north train station and arrive in Chongqing's north station three times daily. Several three-and-a-half-hour trains still run as well. A one-way soft-seat ticket is under RMB100.