|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):
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 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 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:
Line 1 - LuoBao (open since end 2004)
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.
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)
Not yet finished:
Line 3 - Longgang (41 km) (under construction, scheduled for June 2011)
Line 4 - Longhua
Line 5 - Outer ring (29 stations) (under construction, scheduled for 2011)
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 :
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.
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.
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.
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
|Last Updated ( Friday, 22 July 2011 )|
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