For the average Chengdu resident it probably was not the most urgent traffic project, but for the moment the west extension of Metro Line 2 to Xipu is the last major change to Chengdu's public transport infrastructure until the end of 2014 when the east extension of Line 2 adds six stations and runs to Longquan.
The west extension will add six new stations and 8.7 km to Line 2. With the exception of the Xipu station, the area surrounding the extension is currently undergoing a rapid transformation from a suburb with light manufacturing to a residential area with some commercial spots and lots of educational projects.
The official opening of the west extension is scheduled for June 8, the same day as the opening of the Line 1 station of the Global Center, the Ocean Park station (海洋公园). Line 2 operating hours will be expanded slightly to accommodate the longer line length. From the westernmost station, a ride to Chadianzi should take 16 minutes and to Tianfu Squre 35 minutes. The maximum fare (for rides traveling across more than eight stations) will also rise to RMB6.
Yingbin Dadao Station 迎宾大道站
East of this station is a five-star hotel that is usually off the radar of the general public: the Jinniu Hotel (金牛宾馆) has hosted pretty much every leader and high-ranking official of the People's Republic, including Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping, and more recent leaders like Hu Jintao and Zhang Zemin, as well as foreign presidents and monarchs—Kim Il Sung, Sihanouk and George Bush.
Of more general interest is the hotel-adjacent Sichuan Garden Art Museum (四川易园园林艺术博物馆), China's first private garden art museum. With its elegant garden architecture, waters and bridges, it's a popular spot for wedding photography and urban-nature seekers. Free entrance.
Opposite the entrance to the Jinniu Hotel is one of two of the 18th-century Tuqiao Mosques—this is the "Lower" mosque (土桥清真下寺). After being damaged during the Cultural Revolution both mosques underwent renovation.
South of the station is a wall of construction: huge residential and shopping complexes. Similar plans are underway for the northern side of the station,
Jinke Bei Lu Station 金科北路站
Go east to have a look the second of the aforementioned mosques, the "Upper" Tuqiao Mosque (土桥清真上寺).
Jinzhou Lu 金周路站
The only place of potential interest here is a restaurant that is also a wedding hotspot, Sisu Tianyuan.
Baicao Lu Station 百草路站
West of the station lies the former West China Intangible Cultural Heritage National Park (now replaced by the new International Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition Park in Chengdu). Along the way lies the Guosheng sports club and golf course. North of the station is a campus of the renowned private Chengdu Foreign Languages School. To the south is the current location of the Chengdu International School.
Tianhe Lu Station 天河路站
The beginning of the more urban Xipu with quiet neighborhood and proper residential areas, but not much else.
Xipu Station 犀浦站
Xipu is a little town with a long history that is mentioned several time in Dufu's and other poets' verses, but today you won't see much architecture that dates back more than a couple decades. Numerous colleges and satellite campuses of Chengdu's universities are scattered around, and the University of Traditional Chinese Medicine runs a 5,000 sqm museum documenting the history of traditional Chinese and Western medicine in China. Apart from an old pharmacy, some of the precious relics on display are the Tang dynasty toothbrush and Song dynasty toothpaste.
Another yet smaller Xipu museum is the Museum of Original Culture (四川原道文化博物馆), a private collection of 10,000 Taoist artifacts jammed into a 300 sqm space. Unfortunately, it's usually closed to the public. Also closed off to the public is the old Wonders of the World park, but China trash aficionados will be able to sneak in. A bit farther away is a small golf course at the Boya Sport Club.
The station itself is the first of many that is on the ground level, providing means for at-level transfer to the CRH bullet train system (current destinations of interest are Dujiangyan and Qingchengshan). Once two more lines of the inter-city network have been built, transfer options will also include Pengzhou and Lidui Park.
The station is also adjacent to highway G317, which goes all the way into the heart of Tibet.