Chengdu's second subway line, Metro Line 2, opened Sunday after several years of construction and anticipation.
The line runs from the Chadianzi transit station in the city's northwest to the Chengdu Administration College in the southeast. A journey the entire length of the 22.47km, 20-stop line takes 45 minutes with trains traveling up to 80kmph. Trains run approximately every 5 minutes with 17 trains running simultaneously at any given time.
The first southeast-bound train runs at 7 a.m. and the last at 10:30 p.m.; times are 30 minutes earlier for northwest-bound trains. Ticket prices range from RMB2 to RMB5 depending on number of stops traveled. The line intersects with Metro Line 1 at Tianfu Square.
Tickets for Line 2 will feature 10 different designs of nearby scenice places, including Qingcheng Shan, Dujiangyan, Wuhou Temple, the Panda Research Base, and Huanglongxi and Ping'le old towns.
Unlike the Line 1 ticket machines, which dispense only coins for change, the Line 2 ticket machines will dispense RMB5 bills if the change can be thusly divided.
The other notable difference between the Line 1 and 2 stations is, of course, that Line 2 stations have gender-specific restrooms (Line 1 stations notoriously have non-gendered bathrooms).
A spokesperson for the Chengdu Metro Corporation said that Lines 3 through 6 will be open by the year 2018, and construction will begin on Line 7 by the end of this year.
Chadianzi Bus Station | 茶店子客运站
Yangxi Flyover | 羊犀立交站
Yipintianxia | 一品天下站
East Shuhan Road | 蜀汉路东站
Baiguolin | 白果林站
Provincial People's Hospital | 省人民医院
Tonghuimen | 通惠门站
People's Park | 人民公园站
Tianfu Square | 天府广场站
Chunxi Lu | 春熙路站
Dongmen Bridge | 东门大桥站
Niuwangmiao | 牛王庙站
Niushikou | 牛市口站
Dongda Street | 东大路站
Tazishan Park | 塔子山公园站
Chengyu Flyover | 成渝立交站
Huwangling | 惠王陵站
Honghe | 洪河站
Chengdu Administration | 成都行政学院站
Finally, here's a gratuitous video of a pole dance that took place on Metro Line 1 and was caught on camera.