BEIJING, March 2 (Xinhuanet) -- Construction work has started on Beijing's eight new subway lines. With the addition of the country's first low-speed Maglev line, called S1, it makes China the world's second nation with such a transport link after Japan.
The 10-kilometer section of Line S1 runs from Shimenying Station in west Beijing's Mentougou District to Pingguoyuan Station in Shijingshan District.
The project marks China's ability to industrialize low-speed Maglev technology.
The research of Maglev technologies started in the 1980s by a joint team from the National University of Defense Technology and Beijing Maglev Technology Development.