Beijing’s subway system just got an upgrade both in price and the automated ticketing machines English interface. All subway lines were closed by 9pm on Saturday night of December 27 to prepare for the new pricing system to take effect by 5am of December 28. The new systems are a direct result of the new subway prices that will now have commuters paying per distance instead of the flat rate of RMB 2 despite the distance.
The English interface affects the one time ticket that had for some time stopped working and had most non-Chinese commuters relying on the help of Chinese commuters and the customer paying desk to get their tickets. The only line tested as of now is Line 10 and whether this is to be seen in others lines will be much to look forward adventure. There are two options available to get a one ticket way ticket using the automated machines that is explained in a step by step by our sister publication, theBeijinger here.
Also coming to effect are the four new subway lines that riders can get access to places such as the 798 art district and Chaoyang Park. Get more details about the lines here.