Chengdu Metro

METRO

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.

Every entrance will have the name of what subway station it is.

Every entrance will have the name of what subway station it is.

Metro entrance

Metro entrance.

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.

When you buy a metro card from the machine, you have to swipe it in these machines and they will let you through.

When you buy a metro card from the machine, you have to swipe it in these machines and they will let you through.

Select your destination, give your money and it will give you a card. (English option available)

Select your destination, give your money and it will give you a card. (English option available)

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.

This is what the metro looks like. Signs show you which way the train will go and the metro stops.

This is what the metro looks like. Signs show you which way the train will go and the metro stops.

The inside of the train.

The inside of the trains.

Metro train.

Metro train. Most of the time they run underground.

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.

The metro at present.

The metro at present.

Future Planned Metro.

Future Planned Metro.

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.

Aisling.

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