China is pulling out all the stops for the Beijing Games, unveiling a new bullet train just for the Olympics.
The driverless Fuxing bullet train travels at speeds of 217 miles per hour and can carry 564 passengers per trip in its eight carriages.
It is being put on the tracks just in time for the Beijing Games, to ferry passengers along the 108-mile journey between the Chinese capital and satellite venues in the city of Zhangjiakou.
According to the state-linked Xinhua News, the train was custom-made for the Beijing Games. It comes outfitted with a 5G-linked broadcast studio from which journalists can broadcast.
Xinhua reported that the train would take just 50 minutes to move its passengers from Beijing’s downtown district to the Olympic venues in Zhangjiakou, down from three hours via a regular express train.
Construction on the railway began in 2018, per state-linked media outlet CGTN. The Beijing-Zhangjiakou connection was completed in 2019.
A separate Xinhua video tour of the train’s interior also showed special lockers where athletes taking the train can stow their ski equipment.
The Beijing Olympic Games are set to kick off on February 4, 2022.