The Shanghai Metro continues to expand… today sees the opening of an additional stretch of Line 2. The previous terminal station, Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park will reopen as a new underground station twice the size of the previous, overcrowded station. The two new stations are located at Jinke Road and Guanglan Road.
There’s a full service to the new stations, with trains departing Guanglan Road between 5:49 and 22:27. Guanglan Road will be the interchange station for direct metro trains to Pudong International Airport: this remaining stretch of Line 2 is expected to open before the Shanghai World Expo begins in May.
We’ve just updated ExploreShanghai online with the new stations! An update for our iPhone app is currently being reviewed by Apple and will be released soon.
We’re pleased to announce Explore Shanghai 1.5 for iPhone – the best Shanghai Metro app for iPhone just got better!
- NEW! “Find my nearest” – using your iPhone’s GPS you can now see a list of the closest metro stations to your current location.
- FIXED! Solved bug causing map to freeze when zooming/panning
- NEW! Line numbers. Handy labels to show you the name of each line at a glance.
- NEW! Tab bar to switch between features
- UPDATED! Updated first/last train times for Metro Line 7 and Metro Line 9
- UPDATED! Metro Line 2 east extension
Explore Shanghai 1.5 is a FREE update for existing users. Not downloaded yet? It’s available on the iTunes App Store.
Screenshot: find my nearest
Screenshot: Line numbers
Expect updates to our other apps for Guangzhou, Beijing and Hong Kong shortly!
As we previously reported, Line 7 and Line 9 have extended opening hours starting today! So, if you’re lucky enough not to be working this weekend, here are a few places you could explore using the new metro lines:
- Visit the canal town of Qibao (Line 9)
- Go shopping along Line 7 – see this Cityweekend article for more details!
- Buy some souvenirs or eat al fresco at Tianzifang at Taikang Lu, close to Dapuqiao (Line 9)
- Wander the streets of the Old Town near Xiaonanmen (Line 9)
- Grab some sportswear at Decathlon at Longyang Road (Line 2 and 7)
We’ve just pushed out an update to ExploreShanghai online with the new times for first/last trains. Just click on any station for details. An update to our iPhone app will follow in the next week.
Finally! Shanghai Metro Line 7 and Line 9 have been running on very limited operating hours since opening at the start of the year. Now the Shanghai Metro Company has announced that from February 20th the operation times will be extended to cover the morning and evening peak times.
Line 7: The first trains will depart Huamu Road at 5:30 and Shanghai University at 5:32, the last trains depart at 21:30 and 21:32, arriving at the final station at around 22:30.
Line 9: The first trains will depart Songjiang Xincheng at 06:00 and Century Avenue at 05:33, the last trains depart at 21:15 and 21:26, arriving at the final station at around 22:30.
We’ll have updates for ExploreShanghai online as soon as the new timetables start!
The Shanghai Metro company have announced that Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park station will be closed between 14th February and 23rd February. A free replacement bus service will be available from Longyang Road station.
This is to prepare for the opening of the eastern extension of Line 2.
On 24th February the new stretch from Longyang Road to Guanglan Road station will open for trial operation (read: limited opening hours). The new stations on this stretch are:
The remaining stretch to Pudong International Airport will not open until a later date, the stations on this stretch will be:
- Middle Chuangxin Road
- East Huaxia Road
- Lingkong Road
- Yuandong Avenue
- Haitiansan Road
- Pudong International Airport
Passengers will need to change at Guanglan Road to board trains to the airport. Expect an update to Explore Shanghai online and on iPhone soon!
Our really big sale ends on Sunday at midnight. It’s your last chance to pick up a copy of Explore Beijing or Explore Guangzhou for free. Already thousands of people have downloaded our apps, helping propel Explore Beijing to the top 4 Travel apps in China! Help us reach number 1 by Sunday! Download our apps!
It’s ExploreMetro’s Really Big Sale! From midnight tonight until midnight on February 7th you can grab a copy of Explore Beijing or Explore Guangzhou from the iTunes App Store absolutely free!
Here’s what you’re getting:
- Fully up-to-date – Every station on every line. Fully up to date with the latest extensions.
- Plan routes – Tap on a station to place a flag. Then tap a second station to place a second flag, and get instant time and price details.
- Works offline – Everything works without an Internet connection. Search stations and plan routes on the go.
- Bilingual – Everything’s available in English and Chinese. Show a station name to a taxi driver or listen to a station pronouciation in Chinese.
All we ask is that if you like the apps, you leave us a 5 star review in the iTunes App Store 🙂