Hangzhou is the most important railway hub in eastern China, especially with the rapid development of China's high-speed rail over recent years. It takes only 50 minutes to reach Shanghai, and an amazing 6.5 hours to reach the nation's capital city of Beijing if you choose to take high- speed bullet train from Hangzhou. The new HangNing high-speed railway will shorten this journey to only 5 hours. You can take a train to any major city in China from Hangzhou, and the Hangzhou East Railway Station is the biggest train hub in all of Asia.