Passengers arrive at the Xishuangbanna station of the China-Laos Railway. [Photo by Wei Chengxuan/For chinadaily.com.cn]
The China-Laos Railway had handled about 3.1 million passenger trips as of Monday, marking significant progress since its opening in December, according to the operator, China Kunming Railway Group.
The section of railway in China handled 2.71 million passenger trips, while the section in Laos handled 380,000.
To cater to travelers' diverse needs, cheaper train services with speeds of 120 kilometers per hour for commutes between the Lao capital of Vientiane and Boten, a border city, are offered on the Laos section.
With the number of passengers rising, eight bullet trains currently run in Laos, double the number at the beginning. Train services are added along the China section depending on demand.
The China-Laos Railway began service on Dec 3. It connects Kunming, the capital of Yunnan, with Vientiane.