May 2013 brings two new openings for the Beijing Subway! Beijing Subway Line 10, a major loop line around the city opened at the start of 2013, but two stations were missing. Those two stations: Fengtai Railway Station and Niwa are now ready for passengers. That means you can now take a subway train all the way around the loop – a full circuit takes over 1.5 hours! Train frequency has also been increased to a headway of 2 minutes 15 seconds at peak times.
There’s also a brand new subway line, Line 14 heads west from Xiju station (interchange with line 10), running 12.6km to its terminus at Zhangguozhuang (张郭庄). Line 14 has 6 stations in the initial phase, all in Fengtai District; trains do not currently stop at Qilizhuang station (七里庄), which will be a future interchange with Line 9 and should open by the end of 2013.
One of the main reasons to take Line 14 is to visit the Beijing Garden Expo. There’s a dedicated station, Garden Expo Park, for accessing the Expo.
Here’s a map of the new stations! Stay tuned for updates to our online map and apps for iPhone and Android shortly!
The Shanghai Metro is one of the longest metro stations in the world. How stations does it have, as of May 2013? That’s s slightly tricky question to answer, for a number of reasons:
Which lines to include?
For the purposes of this article, we’re including the twelve lines which provide regular metro service: that’s Lines 1 through 11, and Line 13. Line 12 is not yet open.
We don’t include the Jinshan Railway (“Line 22″), as the frequency of trains on the line is not high enough to constitute a rapid transit service, and there is no integrated ticketing with the rest of the network. Similarly, we exclude the Shanghai Maglev train.
Which stations to include?
We include all currently open stations.
The much-delayed Everline has opened in Yongin, Seoul. It’s a fully automated, elevated rapid transit system, connecting the Everland amusement park with the rest of the Seoul Metro System.
There are 15 stations in the initial phase, connecting Giheung station on the Bundang Line to Jeondae-Everland station. There are also stops at various points of interest in Yongin including City Hall-Yongin University.
Yongin, a city neighboring Seoul, has rapidly expanded in the last decade, and is now home to almost 1 million people. The opening of the Everline improves public transportation in the city, adding to the existing DX Line and extension to the Bundang Line.
Don’t forget to check out our Seoul map for iPhone, Android and online.
We’re pleased to announce that Explore Guangzhou Metro map is now available free on iPhone! Explore Guangzhou 9.0 includes an up to date metro map, route-planner with times and prices for journeys, integrated Apple/Google/Offline street maps and much more!
The app will now show occasional ads. If you’ve previously bought Explore Guangzhou you won’t see ads, and if you’re new to Explore Guangzhou you can try it out for free, or disable ads with a one-off payment of $0.99. We’ve written an FAQ about ads if you have any questions.
When Apple introduced iOS6 last year, the Google Maps on iPhones and iPads were replaced by Apple iOS Maps. There have been several well-documented issues with iOS Maps, as well as some China-specific issues which we’ve written about before.
The good news is that today we’re launching the latest version v9.0 of our Explore Shanghai Metro map, which now puts the choice back in your hands! Tap on a station, tap “Street” and then you’ll have a choice of three options:
- Google Maps, including a 3D perspective view (try dragging with two fingers)
- iOS/Apple Maps
- Offline Maps from Open Street Map
It’s another little way we’re making our apps Asia’s best metro maps
We’ve just launched some great new updates for our Seoul Subway maps! Our Explore Seoul iOS app has been updated to version 9.0. It includes lots of great new updates like point-to-point directions and search for tips.
We’ve also added several new metro lines which have recently opened. The Suin Line connects Songdo and Oido, with connections to Seoul Metro Line 4 and Incheon Subway Line 1. There are also new extensions to the Bundang Line and Gyeongui Line.
You can also now view our Seoul Metro map on the web, at http://seoul.exploremetro.com/ – this includes many of the great features of our apps, like route-planning. You can also view the Seoul Subwaypedia, with pages for every station, for example check out the page for Euljiro 3(sam)-ga.
We’d love to hear your suggestions and improvements for Explore Seoul. Get in touch via our feedback portal!
Have a great year of the Snake!
We recently posted a map of China’s High Speed Rail Network to Facebook. With over 200 likes, I guess people found it entertaining! Here’s an updated version of the map, fixing some errors and showing the lines which should open during 2013. Shanghai to Kunming, anyone?
The latest version of ExploreShanghai for iPhone and iPad is available now, and we’ve added a great new feature.
Previously, you could search for station names, now you can also search for tips! What’s great is that other Explore Shanghai users have already added over 1000 tips including points of interest, shops and restaurants. For example, want to know which metro stops are near the Bund? Just search “bund”:
Searching tips is available now for Explore Shanghai on iOS, and coming soon to our other apps!
We collected data from thousands of taxi passengers using the Taxi Crab app for iOS and Android.