Monthly Archives: December 2009

Shanghai and Guangzhou Metro maps updated for 2010

We’ve just launched updates to ExploreShanghai and ExploreGuangzhou, the best online metro maps for the Shanghai Metro and Guangzhou Metro.

In Shanghai, Line 11 and Line 9 phase 2 will open on Thursday but you can start exploring the new site now! Every new station has a Metropedia entry with a location map, photos and journey details, for example Xiaonanmen. We’ve also updated our popular PDF maps with new versions in English and Chinese.

In Guangzhou, Line 5 opened on 28 December, as well as an additional station at Chebeinan on Line 4. You can view the new map, and start planning routes at ExploreGuangzhou.

There may be a few glitches initially, for example we currently don’t have price information for journeys including the new lines. If you have any feedback, do contact us!



An update for our ExploreShanghai iPhone app should be available in the next couple of weeks, once the update is approved by Apple.

Shanghai Metro Line 11, Line 9 extension open 31 December

With the Shanghai World Expo just months away, several new lines will be opening up over the next few months! We’re already seen Line 7 enter trial operation, and the next two lines to open are the extension to Line 9, and the brand new Line 11.

The opening date is December 31st, but we thought we’d give you a sneak preview now! Both lines will initially run for trial operation between approximately 9am and 4.30pm.

Line 9 (colored light blue) currently runs from Songjiang in western Shanghai to Yishan Road. The new extension will add 9 new stations, including key interchanges with Line 1 at Xujiahui, Line 7 at Zhaojiabang Road, Line 8 at Lujiabang Road, and a mammoth four-line interchange at Century Avenue where lines 2,4,6, and 9 will now intersect! The station at Madang Road will also be important for the Expo, as you’ll be able to pass through security checks there, then board Line 13 straight into the EXPO Zone!

Line 11 (colored dark brown) starts from Jiangsu Road on Line 2, then heads northwest past Shanghai West Railway Station. Later in 2010, a branch line will open to the Shanghai F1 Circuit and Anting. Initially only the line towards North Jiading will be open.

Check out the map below for the locations of the new lines.

New Shanghai Metro map including lines 9 and 11

Note, as mentioned above, the opening times are limited initially, and will be extended gradually over the next few months. Also, for changing between lines 1 and 9 at Xujiahui, initially you will need to exit the fare-gates and re-enter. This is free if you have a Shanghai Public Transportation Card.

Expect an update to very soon with the new lines!

ExploreShanghai for iPhone update adds Line 7

The latest 1.1 update to our ExploreShanghai iPhone app is now live on the iTunes App Store.

ExploreShanghai Shanghai Metro map version 1.1 including Line 7

The new version includes the recently opened Shanghai Metro Line 7. You can plan routes, check ticket prices and check the times of the first and last trains for all the new stations. We also fixed some bugs which were causing occasional crashes. If you have any feedback on the app, do get in touch!


ExploreShanghai 1.1 is a free update for existing users. You’ll receive a prompt in iTunes to update to the new version. If you haven’t downloaded ExploreShanghai yet, it’s still available at the introductory price of just $0.99. More details and download

Coming soon: iPhone apps for Beijing Subway, Guangzhou Metro and Hong Kong MTR

You wait ages for a iPhone metro map, then three come along at once šŸ™‚ Building on the success of our ExploreShanghai Shanghai metro iPhone app (still available at the introductory price of just $0.99!) we’re working on not one but three new iPhone apps: ExploreBeijing, ExploreGuangzhou and ExploreHK.

Stay tuned for further announcements, but until then here’s a screenshot to whet your appetite (click to enlarge)!

New iPhone apps for Beijing, Guangzhou and Hong Kong coming soon

If you’d like to be notified when we launch our apps for Beijing, Guangzhou or Hong Kong, leave a message on our contact page.

Shanghai Metro Line 7 opens on

Shanghai’s Metro Line 7 opens today! We’ve just pushed live an update to with the new line.

What’s included:

  • A nice new orange line!
  • Routeplanning information: just drag between each station
  • A Metropedia article for every station with info, routes, pictures and maps
  • MandarinĀ pronunciationsĀ for every station
  • First and last train times for each station (be careful, trains stop just after 4pm initially!)


Update 7th December

  • Updated ticket prices for all journeys
  • Improved route-planning for Line 7
  • Locality maps forĀ every Line 7 stations in Metropedia

Coming soon

The Big Orange Snake: Shanghai Metro Line 7 sneak preview

Shanghai Metro 7 will begin trial operation on 5th December. Initially, trains will run between 9am and 4pm, with the operation times increasing over time. Line 7 is a north-south line, from Shanghai University to Huamu Road. Snaking its way through Shanghai’s centre, it adds many new interchange opportunities, including at Jing’an Temple with line 2 and Changshu Road with line 1, before crossing the river into Pudong and intersecting with Longyang Road (for the Maglev).

We’re busy preparing for the launch of the new line. See below for a sneak preview of the new map!