Monthly Archives: May 2008

Longer opening times and more transfers

Micah Sittig reports on changes to the Shanghai metro starting June 1st. There are three main changes

Firstly, lines 1, 4, 5, 6 and 9 will get slightly longer opening times. Hurrah!

Secondly, at three stations: Hongkou Football Stadium, Shanghai Railway Station and Yishan Road, there will be a new ‘virtual transfer’ option. These stations previously featured in the post Hall of shame: the interchanges that aren’t, since at these stations in order to change lines, it is necessary to leave the station, take a long walk, re-enter the station and buy a new ticket. Now, passengers with a Shanghai Public Transportation card will be able to transfer between the separated platforms without paying for an extra ticket. Hurrah! The long walk will remain.

Thirdly, elderly passengers with special cards will be able to travel at off-peak hours for free. Hurrah!

The ExploreShanghai metro map will receive an update soon to reflect the new interchanges and timings. There will be a new post on this blog when the update goes live.

Metro maps for Beijing and Guangzhou

If you like using the ExploreShanghai metro map you’ll be pleased to know that new metro maps for Beijing and Guangzhou are in the works.

You can expect all the features from the Shanghai metro map, including a comprehensive route planner, station names in English and Chinese and pronounciations of all stations


The Beijing Subway map will be available later this year at


The Guangzhou Metro map will be available at