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Old July 26th, 2011, 01:11 AM   #1
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XI'AN | Public Transport

Xi'an to open its first subway soon

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XI'AN -- Xi'an, capital city of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, is scheduled to open its first subway in late August or early September, local authorities said Monday.
Xi'an is where the capital of 13 ancient Chinese dynasties once stood.
The city's first subway, Line 2, is 26.3 kilometers.
According to the city's subway construction authorities, the total length of Xi'an subway is planned to be 94.6 kilometers in 2015 after the completion Line 1 and Line 3. The city plans to have a subway network of 6 lines reaching 251.8 kilometers in the more distance future.
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Old July 26th, 2011, 11:37 AM   #2
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Wrong! The plans are these. 14 lines:


But at least the previously planned lines are there.
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Old September 16th, 2011, 09:03 AM   #3
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9.16 @12pm Xi'an subway line 2 opens

This is the first subway line in northwest China. Line 2 started construction in September 2006. The opened phase I includes 16 stations, 20.5km long.

By 2018 Xi'an will have a 200km metro system with 6 lines. The long term plan is to build 15 lines 600km metro system.

Line 1: Construction started in Oct 2008, opening in 2013 with 19 stations, 23.9km long
Line 2: Construction started in Sep 2006, phase I opened today, the whole line opens in 2013, 26.4km long
Line 3: Construction started in May 2011, opening in 2015 with 26 stations, 36.3km long (24.4 underground and 11.9 elevated)
Line 4: Construction will start in 2012, opening in 2016, 34.2km long
Line 5: Construction will start in 2013, opening in 2017, 25.7km long
Line 6: Construction will start in 2014, opening in 2018, 35.7km long









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Old September 16th, 2011, 09:27 AM   #4
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So it opened earlier than expected?
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Old September 16th, 2011, 09:49 AM   #5
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Not really. The line 2 phase I was suppose to open this month but the date is fixed only until the beginning of the month.
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Old September 16th, 2011, 09:49 AM   #6
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Old September 16th, 2011, 10:00 AM   #7
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Old September 16th, 2011, 10:03 AM   #8
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Old September 16th, 2011, 10:42 PM   #9
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Old September 17th, 2011, 09:53 AM   #10
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They spell toilet wrong

Is Xi'an Metro the only mainland metro that has public toilet?
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Old September 17th, 2011, 09:59 AM   #11
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you are right. another bad English sign

I don't know other cities, many Shanghai subway stations have public toilets.
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Old September 18th, 2011, 02:07 AM   #12
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They spell toilet wrong
lol welcome to China.
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Old September 18th, 2011, 08:36 AM   #13
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lol,wrong spell! but xi'an girls are pretty from the pics.
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Old November 3rd, 2011, 08:05 PM   #14
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First subway line opens in Xi'an
Updated: 2011-09-17 17:59
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XI'AN - Xi'an, one of the oldest cities in China and home to the world-famous Terracotta Army, opened its first subway line on Friday, taking a major step toward building itself into a metropolis in the country's relatively undeveloped western region.

Xi'an's Subway Line 2, the first subway line to open in northwest China, went into operation at noon Friday, five years after construction on the line began. The line runs north-south across the ancient city, passing the Ancient City Wall and Bell Tower historical sites.

The subway line currently runs just over 20 km in length, but will eventually be expanded to a length of 26.3 km, according to Zhang Jianzheng, secretary-general of the provincial government.

In order to allow the subway line to blend in with the ancient city, the trains and stations were designed to incorporate artistic and cultural elements from the Qin, Han and Tang dynasties. Xi'an served as China's capital during these dynasties.

As the most expensive infrastructure project in the city's history, the subway line has drawn a great deal of public attention since construction first started. Nearly 50,000 passengers lined up for free rides during a four-day trial run that took place from last Thursday to Sunday, according to the city's subway construction office.

The subway line runs along Xi'an's central axis, an area of the city that is known for its dense traffic congestion. Commuters have already begun to praise the new subway line.

"One of my colleagues lives near Xiaozhai Station. The train allows her to get to work in just 25 minutes. Before the line was constructed, she had to spend over an hour commuting to work, sometimes even more," said Tang Mei, a primary school teacher from Xi'an.

Six subway lines with a total length of over 200 km are scheduled to be built in Xi'an by 2018 as part of the city's ambitious plan to become one of China's largest urban areas. Plans have been made to integrate Xi'an with the neighboring city of Xianyang to create a single metropolitan area with more than 13 million residents.

Historical protection necessary

Building subway lines without bringing harm to Xi'an's numerous historical sites has been a considerable challenge for city planners.

Zheng Yulin, director of the city's cultural relic bureau, said that the construction of the new metro system was designed to avoid major historical sites in order to minimize any potential damage. Subway tunnels were dug at a depth of more than 12 meters in order to avoid disturbing any potentially undiscovered relics, which are commonly found at a depth of eight meters, Zheng said.

Designers have also made sure to place the tunnels at least 15 meters away from the Bell Tower, a symbol of the ancient capital that stands in the city's center, according to Chen Dongshan, head of the city's subway construction office.

Finally, springs and steel plates have been installed underground to absorb and isolate vibrations that might damage nearby historical sites, said Zhao Rong, director of the provincial cultural relic bureau.
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Old November 3rd, 2011, 08:34 PM   #15
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Old November 3rd, 2011, 11:33 PM   #16
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Too bad she most likely hacks up a big green phglemmy one right after the pic's been taken But seriously, I was in Xi'an last summer and they really needed a subway urgently and they were quite advanced in Aug but unfortunately missed riding Xi'an's metro. Are there any plans for a line to or near to the Terracotta Army? Not having to take a bus would be nice for future visitors.
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Old November 6th, 2011, 06:07 AM   #17
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you are right. another bad English sign

I don't know other cities, many Shanghai subway stations have public toilets.
Yep, most Shanghai Metro stations that I've been in have public toilets, some on the platforms and some on the ticket hall level.

Beijing's subway had public toilets in all the stations that I was in. Can't remember if Nanjing's subway did or not.
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Old November 6th, 2011, 04:12 PM   #18
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I think the old lines (1,2,3) have not toilets in every single station...
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Xi'an in Pulse
http://www.echinacities.com/xi%27an/...th-3-8-km.html

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Xi’an Metro Line 1 Project Moving Along with 3.8 km Completed
Nov 18, 2011 eChinacities.com

After the successful trial operation of Xi’an Metro Line 2, which began on September 16th, another important metro line in Xi’an, Line 1, has entered a crucial period of its development. So far everything has gone well and 3.8 km worth of track has been laid. The whole line is expected to be finished by May 2012, which means that the first transfer station in Xi’an is just around the corner.


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