Weekly transport agenda: Chinese rail link opens

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New high speed rail routes open in China on December 26. London gears up for the first major boat show of the year, with 122,000 guests expected at London's ExCel center for the 56th annual boat show from January 8.

Opening of the Wuhan-Guangzhou High Speed Rail Link
December 26
One of the world's fastest passenger links, the Wuhan-Guangzhou line will stretch for 1068 km through three provinces, running at speeds of  350km/h (220 mph). The link is predicted to shorten the travel time from over 10 hours to under 3 hours.

Phuket International Boat Show
January 7-10
Phuket, Thailand
The seventh annual PIMEX show is the largest in the region and features a display of yachts/superyachts alongside a series of seminars that combine international experts on maritime security with technical experts in their fields.

London International Boat Show
January 8 - 17
London, United Kingdom
London's boat show is the first major show of the year, predicted to welcome 122,000 guests to see some 400 exhibitors. It is London's 56th annual show and aims to cater to all tastes - from the "Boating on a budget" exhibit to the "Sunseeker Champagne Bar."

Inaugural Bahrain Air Show
January 21-23
Sakhir, Bahrain
Devised as a sister event to the influential Farnborough Air Show, the Kingdom
of Bahrain and Farnborough International Ltd have constructed a purpose-built site for this Middle Eastern event. Uniquely, the show has a restricted number of tickets and no exhibition halls - attendees visit luxury "chalets" owned by exhibitors to see products and demonstrations.

boot Düsseldorf
January 23- 31
Düsseldorf, Germany
Boot Dusseldorf is renowed for being the world's largest and most important boating show. Over 1,550 exhibitors will attend to display some 1,700 boats and yachts. Features include dedicated hall for diving fans and an exhibit showcasing "trendy sports" such as stand-up paddling, winch waking, skimboarding, kiteboarding, surfing, wakeboarding, and water-skiing.