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Shenzhen Metro Subway

Since 2004 Shenzhen also has a modern metro-system and major extensions are planned for 2011 and beyond. The metro consists currently of fives lines (three lines are operational, but parts are under construction):

  1. Luobao Line : Line One runs between the Luohu Border Checkpoint via Windows of the World (Shi Jie Zhi Chuang) and Shenzhen University to Shenzhen Airport, from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. It operates at 6-minute frequency during rush hours and up-to-11-minute frequencies at other times. The extension to Shenzhen airport was completed June 2011 and is operational.
  2. Shekou Line : Line two from Shekou (including the Ferry terminal) to Window of the World has been finished and is operational as of 28 December 2010. Currently it runs from 07:30 to 19:30
  3. Longgang Line : Under construction (in 2010): Old Street to Longgang
  4. Longhua Line: Line Four runs from Huang Gang via Children's Palace (Shao Nian Gong) to Qinghu. It operates at 8-minute frequency from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  5. Huanzhong Line : Under construction (in 2010): Shenzhen West Railway Station to Tangkeng

Before you take the metro, you have to buy either a precharged subway card or a one-time use green token. The ticket vending machines are all bilingual and are very easy to use with touch-screens. You simply press your destination and insert money. The maximum fare is currently 5Y for one way Luohu to Window of the World. The metro is a very fast, clean and safe way to travel in Shenzhen. 

update december 2010: add information new metro fares + opening Shekou line 28 december 2010
update june 2011: more lines opened, just in time for the Universiade! Shenzhen Airport is now connected to downtown Shenzhen via metro. Great news!


Subway station at Coco Park - very clean and modern and also English signs
Inside subway Shenzhen
Inside subway in Shenzhen. On the right top, barely visible, is the electronic route map.

Johomaps has a great clickable map of the subway of Hong Kong and Shenzhen :



 Another good bilingual map of the Shenzhen metro:


I took a photo of this detailed map in the metro stop at Shenzhen University in 2010 :

Map of the future extensive metro network in Shenzhen (click for 1600x1200)

On wikipedia you can also find a great map that shows all planned expansions to Shenzhen's metro network by 2020:

click for the original version on Wikipedia


Line 1 - LuoBao (open since end 2004)

Trains operate at 5 minute frequency during peak hours and 6 to 11 minute frequencies at other times. An electronic signboard system displays estimated train arrival times. Travel time from Shenzhen Airport to Shenzhen Railway station (end-to-end) takes 68 minutes and costs 9 RMB. This is much cheaper than a taxi or bus. It operates from 06:30 am to 11 pm and is expected to handle 2 million passengers per day.

Update July 2009:  The Metro Line 1 extension to Shenzhen University will be completed by the end of September with the opening of a 3.5-km section. The section — linking Baishizhou, Hi-tech Industrial Park and Shenzhen University stations — passed a test in early July 2009 and is currently operating.

Update 15 June 2011: The 23.6km extension from Shenzhen University to Shenzhen airport is completed and has opened for public.

  •     Luo Hu (Lo Wu, 罗湖) — a 5 storey glass and steel structure; transfer to MTR East Rail Line Lo Wu station and surface bus connections from Luo Hu. Take Exit D if you want to go to the trainstation for Guangzhou.
  •     Guo Mao (国贸, International Trade Centre)
  •     Lao Jie (老街, literally Old Street)
  •     DaJuYuan (大剧院, Grand Theatre Diwang and MixC)
  •     KeXueGuan (科学馆, Science Museum Jusco)
  •     HuaQiang Lu (华强路, Huaqiang Road)
  •     Gang Xia (岗厦)
  •     Hui Zhan Zhong Xin (会展中心, Exhibition Centre + Central Walk) [Interchange station for line number 4]
  •     Gou Wu Gong Yuan (购物公园, Shopping Park Coco Park)
  •     XiangMiHu (香蜜湖, Honey Lake)
  •     Chegong Miao (车公庙, Che Gong Temple)
  •     Zhuzi Lin (竹子林, Bamboo Forest)
  •     Qiaocheng Dong (侨城东, Overseas Chinese Town East)
  •     Huaqiao Cheng (华侨城, Overseas Chinese Town)
  •     Shi Jie Zhi Chuang (Window of the World, 世界之窗) [interchange for Shekou line 2]
  •     Baishizhou (opened at september 28 2009)
  •     Hi-tech Industrial Park
  •     Shenzhen University
  •     Taoyuan (extension opened June 2011)
  •     Daxin
  •     Liyumen
  •     Qianhaiwan
  •     Xin'an
  •     Bao'an Center [interchange for outer line 5]
  •     Bao'an Stadium
  •     Pingzhou
  •     Xixiang
  •     Gushu
  •     Hourui
  •     Shenzhen Airport East

The metro currently already shows the planned extension of line 1. As of June 2011 the extension is in active use.

Line 2 - Shekou (29 stations,  35.78km) ("Chiwan" - "Window of the World" opened 28 December 2010) 

  •     Chiwan (to Window of the World costs 5RMB)
  •     Shekou Port
  •     Sea World
  •     Shuiwan
  •     Dongjiaotou
  •     Wanxia
  •     Haiyue
  •     Dengliang
  •     Houhai
  •     Keyuan (Science Park)
  •     Hongshuwan
  •     Window of the World [Interchange station for line number 1]


    Not yet finished:

  •     OCT North
  •     Shen Kang
  •     An Tuo Shan
  •     Qianxiang
  •     Xiangmi
  •     Xiangmei North
  •     Jiang Tian
  •     Lianhua west
  •     Futian
  •     City Hall
  •     Gangxia North
  •     HuaQiang North
  •     Yannan 
  •     Financial District
  •     Dong Men
  •     Huangbei
  •     Xinxiu in Luohu District (scheduled for June 2011 )

Line 3 - Longgang  (41 km) (under construction, scheduled for June 2011)  

  •     Hongling Road Central
  •     Longxing Street in Longgang District

Line 4 - Longhua

Trains operate at 10 minute frequencies at all times. There is no electronic signboard system which displays estimated train arrival times. Electronic cabling has been finished as of December 2010 and the extension from Youth Palace to downtown Longhua opened in the middle of June 2011. Traveltime from Qinghu to Huanggang is 32 minutes and the fare for the entire journey is 6 RMB. Opening times are from 06:30 am to 11 pm at intervals of eight minutes currently and six minutes after the Universiade. It is operated by Hong Kong's MTR.

  •     Qinghu (Bao'an district)
  •     Longhua
  •     Longsheng
  •     Shangtang
  •     Hongshan
  •     Shenzhen North Transfer [interchange for Huanzhong line 5]
  •     Baishilong
  •     Minle
  •     Shanghailin
  •     Lianhua North
  •     Shao Nian Gong (少年宫 Children's Palace)
  •     Shi Min Zhong Xin (市民中心 Civic Center) [interchange for shekou line 2]
  •     Hui Zhan Zhong Xin (会展中心) [interchange for line number 1]
  •     Fu Min (福民)
  •     Huang Gang (皇岗) — transfer to MTR East Rail Line Lok Ma Chau station

Line 5 - Outer ring (29 stations) (under construction, scheduled for 2011)    

  •     Nanshan
  •     through parts of Bao'an and
  •     Longgang
  •     Shenzhen Grand Theater in Luohu


Currently (up to the end of 2010) the metro fares are calculated based on the number of sections (metro stations). Distance between the stations varies from 600 meter to 3.9 km. A new system based on an initial fee + distance fee will be adopted starting December 28 2010. According to the new plan, the initial price is 2RMB for the first 4 kilometers. After that a passenger would need to pay 1 additional yuan for each 4 km between 4 and 12 km, and an additional 1 yuan for every 6km between 12 and 24 km. Over 24 km would cost 1 yuan for 8 km.

Some example fares :
  • Line 2: from Chiwan (Shekou) to Window of the World (15 km) would cost 5RMB
  • Line 3: from Caopu in Luohu to Shuanglong in Longgang would cost 7RMB

Disabled people, military personnel, elderly above 65 and children below 1.2 meters or below 6 can travel for free. Children between 1.2 and 1.5 meter or between 6 and 14 can travel for half price. Middle school students also enjoy half price. Shenzhen Tong card users get a 5% discount.

Since the beginning of 2011 these posters show the fares. For example this photo was taken at Science Museum and it would cost 7RMB to to go Shekou.

Ticket Machine

Buying tickets for the subway is very easy. Every subway station is equipped with bilingual electronic vending machines where you can buy the one-time-use green tokens. The newer versions of these machines look like this:

New version of the ticket vending machine, left Chinese and on the right English help.

The big touch-screen is very easy to use. You can switch language on the right bottom and then just click with your finger on the station where you want to go. It will then display the price. The menu has already been updated to show the new line 2 to Shekou.

You insert money on the top. Notice that you can only insert banknotes of 5 or 10 RMB. You can also insert 1 and 0.5 RMB coins. If you don't have small banknotes, you need to go to counter to buy a ticket or exchange money.

Links - Shenzhen

Shenzhen Metro (Official Chinese site) 

Shenzhen Metro (Wikipedia) 

Everywhere in the city you can see work in progress for the new extensions to the Metro lines as of early 2008.


Misc Updates

Update 5 january 2009: eleven new metro stations have now been completed. The 11 stations, including Pingzhou, Baishizhou, Kejiyuan, Haiyue and Houhai, were along the Metro Line 2 and the extension of Line 1, which runs east-west through the city's four districts and ends at the airport. The Metro company said the completion helps ensure that the second phase of the underground project, running 155 kilometers, be able to finish as scheduled in 2011, just in time to serve the 2011 Universiade to be held in the city.

When the Metro project finishes in 2011, the total length of the metro will be an impressive 178 km! The city's Metro could extend more than 420 kilometers by 2020, nearly five times as long as the current Hong Kong Metro, the municipal urban planning bureau said earlier. Eight Metro lines, including some above-ground light rail lines, will be built between 2011 and 2020.


Subway station in Shenzhen under construction January 2009

Subway under construction in Shekou on December 4th 2010, less than 4 weeks before the opening
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