We’re pleased to announce that the beta version of our new metro maps is now available! Visit our sites for Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Singapore or Hong Kong – look for this orange banner at the top of the page to opt into the beta:
If you don’t yet see the message, please accept our apologies, we will make it available to you soon!
You can also visit our sites from an iPhone, iPad or Android device to try out the beta version.
Some of the great new features of our all-new metro maps include:
Doesn’t require Flash
Layout adapts to your browser size
Simplified routeplanning. Just tap on the first station, choose “Plan route”, then tap on the second station
Quickly jump to another city using the top menu
Zoom in and out using the mouse scrollwheel or zoom buttons
Pop open the first/last train times panel. Just tap any station, then choose “First & last”
Load the Metropedia article for any station by tapping on the station name
If you’d like to return to the classic version, tap the ExploreMetro logo and choose “Don’t use beta”.
As this is a beta version, there may still be a few glitches. If you spot anything wrong, or have suggestions for improvements, contact us!
Since 2007 we’ve been providing interactive Flash metro maps at exploreshanghai.com and for four other cities. While recently we’ve been focused on apps for iPhone and Android, our popular online maps at are starting to look a little dated. It’s time for a fresh start, so I’ve been redesigning the online maps from the ground up. The goals of the redesign are:
No more Flash: as an increasing number of devices don’t come with Flash Player installed
Make the design responsive – that is to say, it should display well on any screen size, from a mobile phone right up to a large desktop monitor
Allow users of mobile devices who haven’t got our native apps to access basic mapping functionality on all devices for free
Add online maps for Seoul and Taipei
Add some features from our native apps, like more intuitive routeplanning, and zoom in/out
We’re still testing the new maps, but here’s a sneak preview of things to come (click to enlarge):
Soon, you’ll be able to opt-in to use the new version when you visit one of our sites. Stay tuned for updates!
We’ve taken the best features of the iPhone/iPod touch experience and redesigned them to work on the iPad’s larger screen. Here’s what you’ll see when you start Explore Shanghai.
Of course, the metro map takes centre stage. You can search for a station with the search bar, or tap on any station for timetables and route-planning:
Notice the “flip” button? A great new feature is the ability to “flip” the screen to see a large Google Map of the station and surrounding area:
Other nearby stations are highlighted. You can also tap the “locate” button to centre the map on your current location.
Because the apps are “Universal” apps, they work both on iPhone/iPod touch (including retina graphics!) and iPad/iPad 2. If you’ve already bought one of our apps for iPhone, you can install it on iPad for free. And of course, updating to version 3.0 is free. Not downloaded yet? Our apps cost just $1.99 on the iTunes App Store: download now!
We’d love to hear your feedback about ways to improve our apps. Do get in touch if you find any bugs or have any suggestions!
From now until December 15th you can buy any ExploreMetro iPhone app for just $0.99! That’s 50% off the regular price. Whether you live in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Taipei, Singapore or Hong Kong, or are planning a trip there during 2011, be sure to grab a copy today!
Buy one for you, get one for a friend!
The first 100 people who buy an ExploreMetro app will be eligible for a FREE extra copy to send to a friend! That’s right, just purchase any ExploreMetro iPhone app, and forward your iTunes email receipt to iphone at exploremetro dot com. We’ll send you a promo code which you can give to your friend for a free copy of the same app! Hurry, stocks are limited, we only have 100 free apps to give away!
The small print:
Promo codes will work in any country, the recipient will require an iTunes account
Promo code will be for the same app you purchase.
Limited to one code per person
Only 100 free apps available, we’ll update this blog post once we’ve sold out
The Asian Games are now just 4 days away! One of the easiest ways to reach the Games venues will be by metro. Even better, there’s free transport on the Guangzhou Metro for local and long-term residents. Of course, you’ll need a metro map to help you get around! Here are three ways to access our maps:
Just visit exploregz.com on any computer to use our interactive Flash map. You can plan routes and search for stations in English or Chinese.
2. On your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad
Download Explore Guangzhou for iPhone from the App Store. Version 2.7 includes retina display and Google Maps for every station. Version 2.8 is currently being reviewed by Apple and will include station updates on Line 8, and new timetables.
3. On paper (print a PDF!)
We’ve made a handy printable version of our map as a PDF, which should print out in A4 size. You can fold it up and take it with you while you’re headed to the Games venues! Download it here: PDF in English or PDF in Chinese.