This afternoon I was treated to my first ride on the Chengdu subway, and I gotta say: it’s impressive. Modern, clean and overall an extremely smooth ride, literally and figuratively.
I rode from the Sichuan Gymnasium Station (省体育馆) to Century City (世纪城) taking pictures all the way. Rather than tell you what it was like, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
Entering the Sichuan Gymnasium station
Well dressed ticket man grants me entrance
No cigarettes, vendors, littering or begging on the Chengdu subway
There were almost no passengers in Chengdu stations at all on the first day of operation
A map of stations along the first line of the subway
Large LCD screens show information inside stations. Plus, man in panda suit comically falls down the escalator
Passengers bags pass through a metal detector before descending to the train platform
You can easily see inside the control room in each station
Walking down the stairs to the train platform
Waiting for the train on the platform, the goofy panda appears again
Stations feature bold lettering indicating your current station
Boarding the northbound train which goes to Chengdu's North Train Station
As the train arrived, this guy stood directly in front of me and made this gesture
Upon stepping inside the train for the first time I find it filled with passengers
LCD's inside trains loop footage created by the train authority. Goofy panda once again.
Indicators above the door show current and next stop with a series of blinking lights
Exiting the station I pass through a corridor lined with huge backlit photos
Two subway workers joke as they exit the Sichuan Gymnasium Station
My journey ends as I say goodbye to the employees at the subway entrance
Overall I’m really impressed with the Chengdu subway and can’t wait to see the impact that it has on the city.
Official Opening Date
October 1st, 2010
Hours of Operation
7am – 9pm
Price of Tickets
2-4 yuan depending on origin and destination
Stations on the First Line
North Train Station
Tianfu Square (the subway’s largest station and hub)
South Train Station
Haiyang Ocean Park
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