Monthly Archives: December 2010

Shanghai Metro and Beijing Subway iPhone apps updated for 2011

The latest versions of our Shanghai Metro iPhone app and Beijing Subway iPhone app are now available on the iTunes App Store.

The Beijing app includes all five new lines which opened on December 30th: the Changping Line, Yizhuang Line, Daxing Line, Line 15 and Fangshan Line.

The Shanghai app adds time/price information for the new Line 10 extension and fixes an issue with station names on Line 9.

As we wanted to get the updates in your hands as soon as possible, a few items didn’t make it into this release. There will be another update in the next couple of weeks adding first/last train times for the new Beijing lines and Line 7 extension in Shanghai.

Both updates are free for all our users, or you can download Explore Shanghai or Explore Beijing directly from the iTunes App Store!

Shanghai and Beijing open new metro lines today

The Shanghai Metro and Beijing Subway open new lines today, December 28th December 30th 2010: in Beijing, 5 new lines are opening to the outer suburbs, while in Shanghai, Line 7’s northern extension opens.

We’ve updated our online metro map for Shanghai and online subway map for Beijing with the latest lines and stations (some information, like first/last train times will be added soon).

Updates for our iPhone apps are currently in review by Apple and will be available soon.

Shanghai Metro Line 7 northern extension to open December 28th

The northern extension of Shanghai Metro Line 7 will open for trial operation on December 28th. This is great news if you live in Baoshan District, as you can now go shopping in Jing’an Temple then catch the last metro home ­čÖé The new terminus will be at Meilan Lake.

Unfortunately not all the intermediate stations will be opening on December 28th: see the route map above. Also, trains on the northern extension will only be once every 15 minutes, compared to every 5 minutes on the main line as far as Shanghai University.

Of course, we’ll have an update to our online Shanghai Metro map and iPhone app available soon!

Beijingology profiles Beijing’s five new Subway lines

Over at CityWeekend’s Beijingology blog, David Feng has been tirelessly profiling every single new Beijing Subway station for 2010! Five new lines will be opening on December 28th, 2010: the Daxing extension to Line 4, the Yizhuang Line, Line 15, the Changping Line and the Fangshan Line.

These all connect to some of the suburbs of Beijing. Each station has an article hyperlinked below. We’ll be updating our online Beijing Subway map and iPhone app with all the new lines, stay tuned!
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The ExploreMetro Christmas Sale: Buy one app get one free!

Every app, every city, just $0.99

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

Explore Shanghai 2.7 for iPhone with Retina Display

Our most popular iPhone app, Explore Shanghai has just received an update on the iTunes App Store, and it’s a big one!

  • All the latest stations! Includes the new Line 10 extension┬áto Hongqiao Airport. Every Shanghai Metro station and line is up-to-date.
  • Retina Display! iPhone 4 and iPod touch (4th generation) users can enjoy incredibly crisp graphics
  • All new map! We took the opportunity to redesign the map with a new font and clearer graphics
  • Choose your language! If you have your iPhone set to English, but you’d prefer to use a Chinese map, now it’s as simple as toggling a setting.

Screenshots! (Click on any screenshot for hi-res retina display goodness!

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Explore Singapore: now with LRT

Version 2.7 of Explore Singapore for iPhone is now available in the iTunes App Store! As well as being the latest app to be updated for retina display graphics, we’ve also added support for LRT lines and stations, including the Bukit Panjang LRT, Sengkang LRT and Punggol LRT.

Each LRT station includes the English/Chinese name and street map. We’ll be adding support for the journeyplanner with times and prices in the next update! If you have any other suggestions to improve our LRT support, do get in touch!

Explore Singapore is a free update for our existing users. Download it now!