— Published 7 January 2022

A press room on board the train

With less than 30 days to go before the opening of the Beijing 2022 Winter Games, the Chinese put the high-speed train specially designed for the Olympic and Paralympic event into service for the first time on Thursday 6 January. The train left Beijing station for Zhangjiakou, one of the three Winter Games event clusters. The train is decorated with the theme of the Games and the snow and ice disciplines. It is accessible to people with reduced mobility and has storage space for ski equipment. According to the China State Railway, one carriage is even equipped with a press room that allows the Olympic competitions to be followed via a 5G network. The high-speed train is said to be the world’s first with a 5G connection. With a top speed of 350 km/h, the train will shuttle between the three Winter Games clusters: Beijing, the Yanqing district in the northwest, and the city of Zhangjiakou in Hebei province. From Beijing Central Station, it can reach the winter sports resort of Taizicheng in the Zhangjiakou cluster, 170 kilometres away, in just 50 minutes.