CHINA: National operator China Railway launched 350 km/h passenger services on a 173 km route between Beijing and Tangshan on December 30, following the completion of 149 km of new line.

The faster route has brought end-to-end journey times down to 60 min, even though trains are limited to 200 km/h on the initial 72 km section from Beijing to Xianghe. The route serves eight stations.

Construction of the new line began in December 2016.