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Don't forget: the Beijing Subway system will close at 9pm tonight (Dec 27) to allow workers time to make the overnight changes necessary for the launch of the new distance-based pricing tomorrow.

Here's all you need to know about the changes:

-- The system will admit the last passenger tonight (Dec 27) at 9pm. Trains will finish their runs and the system will then close until tomorrow morning.

-- Four new sections of track will open tomorrow (Dec 28), though seven stations will remain closed -- most notably the Chaoyang Park south station on Line 14 and the Shuangjing station at Line 7. The most notable of the new lines is Line 14, which will connect 798, Lido and Chaoyang Park into the network.

-- Tomorrow new distance-based pricing goes into effect. The base fare is RMB 3 and the highest fare is RMB 9. Check your new fares here.

-- If you lose your ticket while in the station, you will need to pay the fare of the longest-distance trip from that station (in most cases this is RMB 8 or RMB 9).

-- The fine for jumping the turnsyles has been set at RMB 90.

-- The height limit for free children's tickets has been raised from 1.2 meters to 1.3 meters. All children under 1.3 meters are now free.

-- You'd be wise to set out early Monday morning as the system undergoes its first major test after the switchover, and it could get hairy.

Image: bjsubway.com, Wikipedia


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