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Inner Mongolia high-speed railway set to serve holiday rush


The first high-speed railway linking Beijing and North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region has been fully prepared to meet the travel rush for the upcoming Spring Festival, according to information released by the Hohhot bureau of China Railway on Jan 8.

The Hohhot Railway Bureau said this year's travel rush for the festival will last 40 days, running from Jan 10 to Feb 18. A total of 3.99 million passenger trips are expected to be made by its regional railways during the period.

The Inner Mongolia-Beijing high-speed railway comprises the Beijing-Zhangjiakou Intercity Railway and the Zhangjiakou-Hohhot Railway. It connects Hohhot, capital city of Inner Mongolia, to Beijing.

Officials said the new railway, which went into service on Dec 30, provides Hohhot, Baotou and Ulaanqab in Inner Mongolia with high-speed trains that run to Beijing. 

The travel time between Hohhot and Beijing, about 500 km apart, has been shortened from more than 9 hours to 2 hours and 9 minutes.