One of the best things about Chengdu… has to be the Metro. At home, we have the Luas in Dublin, but I much prefer the metro. It’s easy to navigate, cheap, close, and it brings you right into the centre of Chengdu.At present, there are two lines; Line 1 and Line 2. I am situated nearest Line 2 at Baicao Road, and it takes about 35 minutes to get to the centre of Chengdu.
If you see a metro entrance close to where you live in China, your lucky! That means you can enjoy quick and cheap transport to any major metro stop… and its easy to get to Chengdu centre.
During peak times, the metro is busy, especially during holidays, where you are sometimes packed like sardines. Although it is very very clean. To switch from Line 1 to Line 2, you have to go to the centre metro stop; Tianfu Square, and follow the signs for whichever Line you want to change to.
They are constructing more metro stops and more lines. Line 3 and 4 are under construction now, and they are extending Line 1 at present. These are expected to be finished before 2015. Line 7 has also been started and is expected around 2015 also. Line 5 and 6 are expected to start construction in 2017, with the extension of Line 3 and 4 planned to to start in the same year.
You can see a drastic difference between the two maps. Chengdu is going to have excellent transport to pretty much anywhere around Chengdu and the surrounding areas. The only bad thing is that it will be more confusing to navigate.
Oh and don’t mind the layout of the pictures, I DID have them layed out nice, until WordPress decided to scramble them up.