Beijing Subway Trials Self-Service Ticketing on Lines 7, 8, 15, and Fangshan Line

From today (15 November 2016), if you want to get places on Lines 7, 8, or 15, or the Fangshan Line, you’ll need to talk to — that’s right, a machine. To cut queues in front of traditional ticket counters, the Beijing Subway is encouraging riders to use the automated machines to buy a new… Continue reading Beijing Subway Trials Self-Service Ticketing on Lines 7, 8, 15, and Fangshan Line

Beijing Terminus of Beijing-Tangshan Intercity Railway to be in Tongzhou Sub-Centre

Beijing’s new sub-centre in the eastern district of Tongzhou is getting an HSR hub, as the Beijing terminus of the new Beijing-Tangshan Intercity Railway. It’s not too far from the current-day Beijing-Harbin Railway, being only 50 metres away from it, but is a ways out east, in fact not all too far from city limits.… Continue reading Beijing Terminus of Beijing-Tangshan Intercity Railway to be in Tongzhou Sub-Centre

Beijing Subway Line 3 “Fast-Tracks” Station Work for Part Between 2nd and 5th Rings

In the newest environment review report published by the Chinese Academy of Railway Science, 8 of the 14 stations being planned for Subway Line 3 will be built starting from later this year. Rather than waiting for the entire set of 14 stations in the eastern part of the line, the first 8 are being… Continue reading Beijing Subway Line 3 “Fast-Tracks” Station Work for Part Between 2nd and 5th Rings

Beijing South Railway Station Opens Express Entrances at Arrivals Hall

One of the beauties of the Beijing South (Beijingnan) Railway Station is that it was built for the future — future-proofed both in terms of dimensions, the direct subway link (two lines!), and a handful of express entrances. And indeed, all of these seven express entrances have been opened recently, being of particular help to… Continue reading Beijing South Railway Station Opens Express Entrances at Arrivals Hall

Tracking China FrontLines: Beijing Subway Yanfang Line, September 2016

If you imagine a subway station 50 km southwest of Tian’anmen Square, then you’ve imagined it: the westernmost terminus of the new Yanfang Line, stretching from the built-up part of Fangshan in the southwestern suburbs all the way out to Yanshan. Tracking China went along the route of the new line to see how work… Continue reading Tracking China FrontLines: Beijing Subway Yanfang Line, September 2016

Touch In Early on the Beijing Subway on 03 & 04 December 2015 for Discounts!

The Beijing Subway is improving its automated ticketing system, especially for holders of the Beijing Yikatong transport smartcard. If you touch in on a reader with your Yikatong card at a station on 03 or 04 December 2015, provided you enter before 07:00, you’ll get 1% off your ride. It’s not a lot, but it’s… Continue reading Touch In Early on the Beijing Subway on 03 & 04 December 2015 for Discounts!

Beijing Subway Lines 1 and 8 to Close Earlier on 14 November 2015

Last trains will run earlier on Beijing Subway Lines 1 and 8 on 14 November 2015 due to earlier closures to allow for signalling improvements. If you’ll be travelling late, use an alternative route. Beijing Subway Line 1: Last trains and station closures will start as of 20:00 on Line 1. From Pingguoyuan and Sihui… Continue reading Beijing Subway Lines 1 and 8 to Close Earlier on 14 November 2015

More Frequent Trains on Beijing Subway Lines 6 and 10

Beijing’s Subway Lines 6 and 10 are amongst the busiest lines in the city’s subway network; Line 6 takes much of the load off Line 1, while Line 10 is a unique “outer loop” in the city that also goes through Zhongguancun and the CBD. As a result, both lines are usually very busy. This… Continue reading More Frequent Trains on Beijing Subway Lines 6 and 10

Beijing Subway Services Getting Back to Normal

The military parade marking 70 years of the Chinese and Allied victory in World War II in Asia is now over. All Beijing Subway stations are slowly resuming services back to normal. Qianmen, Tian’anmen East, and Tian’anmen West stations will re-enter service tomorrow (04 September 2015). To avoid further delays in future such events, you… Continue reading Beijing Subway Services Getting Back to Normal

Beijing Subway to Partially Shut Down on 02-03 September 2015

Update (20:20 on 30 August 2015): Content as provided below has been confirmed as correct. Due to the military parade to take place on 03 September 2015, marking 70 years since the end of World War II in Asia, the Beijing Subway will cut back on services, according to the Beijing Subway authorities. Some stations… Continue reading Beijing Subway to Partially Shut Down on 02-03 September 2015