02 May '11, 11am

China's Hainan province ramps up development efforts

China's Hainan province ramps up development efforts

HAINAN: Despite the phenomenal growth in many Chinese coastal cities, China's southern island province of Hainan remains largely undeveloped. However, now it has ramped up efforts to catch up with its coastal neighbours. Agriculture accounts for 30 per cent of the island's gross domestic product. To ensure that Hainan does not lag too far behind, its infrastructure is being upgraded. Among the most visible is the island's first high-speed railway, built at a cost of US$3 billion. Spanning 308 kilometres, the eastern line connects the provincial capital of Haikou with Sanya and other popular tourist destinations. Reaching speeds of up to 250 kilometers per hour, it reduces a four-hour journey to just 90 minutes. Construction of the western line is underway and will be ready by 2014. It is expected to promote urbanization and further boost economic development. Apart from de...

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