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Shanghai Metro

The Shanghai Metro is most favored by foreign tourists since it is easily manageable. The metro system in Shanghai includes subway, light railway lines and maglev. At the time of writing, there are 11 metro lines (including the Shanghai Maglev Train), 223 stops and 368 km of tracks in operation, making it the longest metro tracks in Asia and the third-longest in the world.

The metro system is still developing with more new metro lines and extensions are under construction. The 2020 plan covers a system consisting of 20 lines and 877 km track. length.

Below is some basic information of each metro line on its major stations and route:

Metro Line 1
Route: Fujin Road - Xinzhuang ( 28 stops )
Opened: 1995
Subway Line 1 passes through the city center from north to southwest. The most important stations are Shanghai Railway Station, People's Square and Shanghai South Railway Station.
So if you would like to go the railway stations, Subway Line 1 is a good choice. Get off at People's Square, you can walk to Nanjing Road and the Bund. At the Station of People's Square, you can interchange both for Line 2 and Line 8.

Metro Line 2
Route: Songhong Road - Guanglan Road ( 19 stops )
Opened: 1999
Subway Line 2 passes through the city center from east to west connecting Puxi (west of Shanghai) and Pudong (east of Shanghai) crossing the Huangpu River. The important stations are People's Square, Century Avenue (Pudong) and Longyang (starting point of Maglev for Pudong Airport). Now Line 2 extension is under construction linking Pudong Airport in the east and Hongaqiao Airport in the west in the near future.

Metro Line 3
Route: North Jiangyang Road - Shanghai South Railway Station ( 29 stops )
Opened: 2000
Subway Line 3 passes through the city center from Northeast to Southwest. The important stations are Hongkou Football Stadium, Shanghai Railway Station, Zhongshan Park, Yoshan Road, Shanghai Indoor Stadium and Shanghai South Railway Station. So both Line 1 and Line 3 interchange at Shanghai South Railway Station.

Metro Line 4
Route: Loop line beginning at Yishan Road ( 26 stops )
Start: 2005
Subway Line 4 is a loop line surrounding the outline of the city center linking Puxi and Pudong. The important stations are Yishan, Shanghai Indoor Stadium, South Xizang RD, Century Avenue, Shanghai Railway Station and Zhongshan Park.

Metro Line 5
Route: Xinzhuang - Minhang Development Zone ( 11 stops )
Opened: 2003
Subway Line 5 is a suburban line linking the southwest of Shanghai, an extended line of Line 1 in the southwest of Shanghai.

Metro Line 6
Route: Gangcheng Road - South Lingyan Road ( 27 stops )
Opened: 2007
Subway Line 6 passes the Pudong area from north to south. So it is a Pudong only line. The most important station is Century Avenue. Taking line 7 and get off at , you can go to the site of Expo Shanghai 2010

Metro Line 7 ( to the Expo Shanghai )
Route: Shanghai University - Huamu Road ( 26 stops )
Opened: 2009
Subway Line 7 starts from the southeast of Pudong, then goes to the south of Puxi, then to the north of Puxi. Line 7 and Line 8 interchange at the station of Yaohua where you get off for the site of Expo 2010. The other important stations are Jing An RD and Shanghai University.

Metro Line 8 ( to the Expo Shanghai )
Route: Shiguang Road - Aerospace Museum ( 28 stops )
Opened: 2007
Subway Line 8 passes the city center from the northest to the south. The important stations are Hongkou Football Stadium, People's Square, Luiabang, South Xizang, Yaohua and Aerospace. Taking Line 8 you can easily visit the site of Expo 2010.

Metro Line 9
Route: Songjiang Xincheng - Century Avenue ( 22 stops )
Opened: 2007
Subway Line 9 runs from the east ( Century Avenue in Pudong ) to the west passing the city center. The important stations are Century Avenue, Lujiabng, Xujiahui and Yishan.

Metro Line 11
Route: Jiading North - Jiangsu Road ( 16 stops )
Opened: 2009
Subway Line 11 is a suburban line linking Northwest of Shanghai. Line 5 interchanges with Line 2, Line 3 and Line 4 inthe northwest of Shanghai.

Megalev Line
Route: Longyang Road - Pudong International Airport 2stops )
Opened: 2002
Maglev Line connects Pudong Airport with the subway station of Longyang of Line 2 and Line 7. So if you would like to take Maglev, you are advised first to take Subway Line 2 or Line 7 for the transit.

The major spots reached by metro in Shanghai
Shanghai Musuem, Shanghai City Planning Exhibition, Nanjing Road and the Bund: Subway Line 1, 2, and 8
Expo 2010: Subway Line 7 and 8
Railway Stations: Subway Line 1 and 3
Pudong Area: Subway Line 2, 4 and 6
Airports: Line 2 ( its exrension is under construction) and Maglev

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