China's high-speed rail links Winter Olympics cities

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-12-30 09:39
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Passengers at Beijing North Railway Station get on the high-speed train G8811 heading to Taizicheng Railway Station at Chongli Olympic Village, on Dec 30, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING - The high-speed railway line connecting Beijing and Zhangjiakou, the co-host city of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, went into operation Monday, the China State Railway Group Co Ltd said.

With 5G signals, wireless charging and intelligent lighting, the smart train G8811 departed from Beijing North Railway Station at around 8:30 am to Zhangjiakou in North China's Hebei province.

The railway is 174 km long, with 10 stations along the line. Several underground tunnels were built on the route so trains can avoid traversing through scenic spots.

With a maximum design speed of 350 kph, it will reduce the travel time between Beijing and Zhangjiakou from over three hours to 47 minutes, facilitating inter-city traffic and crucial for the co-host of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Chongli railway, a branch line of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway, also went into service Monday. It is 53 km long, with a maximum design speed of 250 kph.

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