The Shanghai subway system seemed pretty good as far as I could tell from the one ride I took. Things were clean and worked, and I didn't have to wait long for a train, though the short wait could have been good luck. But the system was very limited--just two lines, crossing one another in an X shape. I am told that the system has expanded very substantially just in the brief time since then. If you compare the map below with a 2003 metroPlanet map, you will see the same colors (red and green) used for the routes that existed when I was in Shanghai in 2002, but two other lines added, almost doubling the number of stations.
Ticket vending machine, with route map.
The Shanghai Stadium subway station.
Advertising on the station wall.
Ad for the Chinese edition of Cosmopolitan, on a newsstand in the People's Square subway station.
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Copyright © 2002, 2003, Edwin E. Moïse. Revised June 15, 2005.