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Harbin Metro is a metro system under construction since 2003, to serve the city of Harbin, Heilongjiang, China.

Harbin has nine lines planned part of the planned total mileage of 340 km. Currently, the line 1 and 3 are under construction, Line 2 will start in the near future, and the remaining seven lines for the long-term planning. Harbin Metro Line 1 is due to open 30 December 2012.

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I was there recently and the locals knew nothing about a metro.

Except that they have been working on one for a LONG time. The locals basically thought it was an abandoned project.
 

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Has it finished?
 

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^^ not yet.

From the latest update, line 1 tunnel digging has finished 15.08km of total 17.48km, 16 station's main structures are completed, 2 are under construction, 8.4km's tracks are laid already.

On current plan,

9.30 tunnel digging completed
11.1 track-laying completed
12.20 equipment installation and power project completed
12.25 train trial run

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^^ Any new updates from Harbin metro? :)
 

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That has been a long-running pissing contest between Harbin and Tianjin. It must be a huge source of urban pride for each city to be going at it for so long.
Haha i was thinking of mentioning Tianjin in that statement, but then realised they at least have a line running already :p
 

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Here's a quote from Wiki to maybe generate some interest in the mysterious tale of the Harbin metro:

"Harbin Metro is a metro system under construction since 2003, to serve the city of Harbin, Heilongjiang. The first line began construction in 2003. Part of the route follows the original “7381” civil air-defense project, otherwise known as the air defense evacuation tunnel constructed during World War II. This tunnel consists of 10.1 km.[citation needed] Report says that the 14.6 km line could be opened as early as 2005, however this deadline has since passed. In 2006, an official "Initiation Ceremony of Harbin Metro Trial Project" was held, signifying the actual implementation of Harbin Line 1 project.[1] A video showing the construction of the metro can be found here.
In March 2010 the project was restarted, but there is no target date for completion.[2]

Now when I was in Harbin just under a year ago, there was clearly some subway construction work going on, but noone I spoke to had ever heard of anything subway related.

http://www.subways.net/china/harbin.htm mentions some more confusing facts around the enigmatic Harbin metro:
According to Jane's World Railways, Harbin (formerly known as Ping Kiang) has a 5.4 mile metro. No one who has lived in Harbin who I've spoken with appears to know of it's existence. An unfinished 9 km metro line has also been reported by Metropla.net. This would be in line with an article which reports a line to begin construction in 2003 which is based on "the original “7381” civil air-defense project of 10.1 km." The report says the 24.6 km line could be opened as early as 2005.

Here, plans for a 17.3 km, 15 station LRT is shown, but not much else. Digital Harbin also presents a feature about an "existing 10.1 km, 5 station existing tunnel", and a submitted proposal to develop it into a 24.6 km, 24 station subway, including 18 stations for the 17.5 km main line (suspiciously similar to the light rail proposal) and 6 stations for the 7.1 km subsidiary line.

Finally, in December 2006, ground was broken on a 20 station, 14.4 km metro. The route is said to follow the emergency evacuation tunnels left over from WWII. This Youtube video shows the subway construction and the old tunnels.
 

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The fact that people in Harbin don't know about the subway doesn't mean anything.

If my personal experience is indicative, very few anglophone people in Los Angeles are aware of the existence of the LA Metro.
 

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The fact that people in Harbin don't know about the subway doesn't mean anything.

If my personal experience is indicative, very few anglophone people in Los Angeles are aware of the existence of the LA Metro.
But generally they would know why all those big holes with the giant red cranes are all over their city :p
 

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Harbin Metro is a metro system under construction since 2003, to serve the city of Harbin, Heilongjiang, China.

Harbin has nine lines planned part of the planned total mileage of 340 km. Currently, the line 1 and 3 are under construction, Line 2 will start in the near future, and the remaining seven lines for the long-term planning. Harbin Metro Line 1 is due to open 30 December 2012.

Planned near-future map


After Lines 1 and 2 become operational, what would be the next lines they'll gonna work with?
 
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