Guangzhou, China: Metro
I continue the story of Guangzhou. Initially, I wanted to devote one post in the city transport system, but when I looked once again the photo, it turned out that almost all of them were removed in the subway. But the Metro Guangzhou deserves a separate story. His story began relatively recently: the first stations were open in total in 1999. And now it is the fourth in the length of the Metropolitan in China.
The total length of the lines is 236 km. (For comparison: in the Moscow metro – 313 km.), the number of stations 144 (in Moscow – 188). The average daily passenger traffic in the Metropolitan of Guangzhou is 3.24 million. Man (in Moscow – 6.92): Such a gap is most likely due to the fact that in Moscow the metro is often non-alternative transport, while in Guangzhou, the same bus lines are enjoyed.
The cost of one trip depends on distance and route. For frequent trips it is more convenient to purchase a replenished card, for periodic – buy tokens. When input, the tokens you only need to lean to a special place on the turnstile, to exit – throw in a special hole (tokens for repeated use). If some kind of clever bought a token on one route, and actually drove differently (t.E. more expensive) then it will not work out. As for prices, on my experience, a trip for small distances was about 2-3 yuan (10-15 rubles). If you are a few people, then you can go on a taxi (but about it later).
How beautiful an escalator without advertising.
Stations are different from each other, but there are general principles in navigation, advertising, etc. So, the platforms have glass fences, followed by advertising modules.
Many stations mounted television panels.
Very pleased passenger traffic regulation measures. For example, such fences. Imagine something like this in the Moscow metro.
One of the lobbies.
Pay attention to chrome fences, some of them on wheels. Requirements if necessary, can quickly adjust the length and position of these fences. In general, with a comparative population of Guangzhou and Moscow, in the Chinese metro much more spacious. Even in the rush hour you can go without a crush.
Navigating route. I note that it was very easy to navigate in the subway, not even knowing the Chinese language and do not use. Why? First due to the queue of competent navigation and cards. Well, another moment. If you pay attention, then all the names of the metro stations are duplicated by Latin letters. At first I thought it was English and thought "Well, it is necessary, at least somewhere went to the meeting to tourists". Not there was something: In fact, it is Pinyin – a november system for Chinese. Therefore, attempts to ask something, reading words according to the rules of English, caused a natural misunderstanding from the Chinese. Pinyin was adopted in 1958., And since 1979 it is used worldwide as the official Latin transcription of names and names from the PRC.
Rush Hour: No one runs, swelling all elbows.
Before entering the wagons, this is a convenient markup. Immediately understandable where to stand where to go.
Hall of Fame. What is interesting is not the names of employees, but their numbers.
As in all normal metro, trade is developed here. It was noticed omnipresent "7 Eleven".
Sometimes there are very interesting and bold architectural solutions for stations.
Outputs are numbered by letters and have one common lobby. The ground map indicates the location of the exit, the main streets and highways. Very convenient when you still do not know what kind of yield you need. There is time to calmly navigate and go in the right direction.
Well, what metro without prohibitions?:-) In general, the subway in Guangzhou seemed to me very modern, incredibly clean (just sterile), comfortable and comfortable. Moscow Metro loses perfectly, alas. It becomes simply not clear why, with such financial resources, it is impossible to make a human metro at least in the same city of the Russian Federation – in the capital.
From Guangzhou in Shenzhen (the next city, about which I will tell) we traveled by train. Here are some photos of the station.
At the box office buy tickets mostly foreigners, t.To. In terminals selling tickets only with local id.
Literally a few words about other types of transport. How it is not surprising, but in such a huge megalopolis quite well developed cycling infrastructure. And she is really used. There are no oil and gas in China, gasoline is very expensive, so the issue of saving is extremely relevant. So, I first met mopeds on batteries. Well, the bike requires only its own effort.
Taxi, probably the most convenient type of transport. Of course, this is basically not a cauit as in the photo, but ordinary sedans. All cars, as it seemed to me, are translated into gas fuel, so more than one suitcase does not fit into the trunk – there is no place 🙂 But this is compensated by the price of the trip: in our case, it rarely made more than 150 rubles, at sufficient decent distances.