China welcomes 2020 with its launching of the world’s first automated bullet train.
It connects cities of Beijing and Zhangjiakou reaching a top speed of up to 217mph (350km/h), according to a report.
The ongoing high-speed railway expansion plans is part of the country’s preparation for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic.
This new service reduces travel time to the Zhangjiako from three hours to one.
The location will hold some of the skiing events. The original Beijing-Zhangjiakou line opened in 1909 took eight hours.
The line is part of Jingzhang intercity railway. The line was built for four years, including a station for Badaling Changcheng, one of the famous parts among tourists to access the Great Wall of China.
It began operating on December 30 last year. Its first train ran from Beijing North Railway Station to Taizicheng Railway Station.
While 30 bullet trains are in the line, six of which are automated or “smart trains.”
Tickets for normal high-speed trains may range from RMB77 ($11) to RMB231($33). Smart trains cost RMB90 ($12) to RMB270 ($38).
Cabins on an automated bullet train have large storage areas for winter sports equipment. Seats also have 5G touchscreen control panels.
Meanwhile, the government also recommends passengers to consider riding on a slower scenic train getting back to see the great views of Changcheng on the way.