Beijing Subway System:
Beijing subway is one of the most important means of transportation which connects places of interest around Beijing city as well as some destinations around Beijing. The construction of Beijing subway was begun on July 1, 1965 and the first subway line was put into service on October 1, 1969. Thus, Beijing Subway has enabled Beijing city to be the first city in China with subway transportation. December 24, 2007 was a memorable day in Beijing urbanization history. This was the day when Beijing Subway Line 1 and Line 13 shorten the interval of subway during peak period. As a result, the passenger traffic had reached more than three millions passengers within that day. On the March 6, 2008, Beijing Subway hit another new height with daily passenger traffic over 4.3 millions.
The Beijing Subway was built for military purpose at the first place. The first subway line was constructed along Changan Street and outline of city wall along southern part of second ring road which enabled the connection of forces which based at the western part of Beijing to the Beijing Railway Station. The first subway line was about 23.6 km with 17 stops in between. According to the statistics, Beijing Subway was able to transfer as much as five divisions of army from Xishan to Beijing city centre. Due to the military purpose, Beijing Subway was not opened to public at the beginning of the stage.
In 1969, the second phase of Beijing Subway construction was taken place. A new subway line which was built based on the inner line of ancient city wall around Beijing north second ring road from Fuxing Men to Jianguo Men was constructed. In 1973, the horizontal line of Beijing Subway was extended to Pingguoyuan. Finally, the Beijing Subway was officially opened to public on Spetember 15, 1981. The construction of Batong Line was started in June 1992 and began to service in June of 2000.
In 2007, Beijing subway had offered a total of 5 lines which are Line 1, Line 2, Line 13, Line 5 and Batong Line. The overall distance of subway has reached 142 km with 93 subway stations. Line 1 with overall length of distance about 31.04 km has 23 subway stations; Line two is 23.61 km with 18 subway stations; Line 13 is 40.85 km with 16 subway stations; Batong Line is 18.9 km with 13 subway stations and Line 5 is 27.6 km with 23 subway stations. According to statistics, the average daily passenger traffic during this time has reached about 1.5 millions.
Later in July of 2008 before the opening ceremony to 29th Olympic Games in Beijing, Beijing Subway opened another 3 subway line, Line 10, Line 8 and Airport Express in order to ensure the convenience of visitors to and forth the airport and Olympic Green. Nowadays, the overall total of subway route is reaching 200 km with operating and managing subway line up to 8 lines. Besides that, Beijing Subway applied fixed rate at 2 RMB per entrance which enables the subway system to be the lowest rate for railway transportation throughout the nation.
Beijing Subway Travel Tips:
Beijing Subway Tickets:
1. Where to buy subway tickets?
You can use bus card for subway in Beijing. Bus card is available at certain Subway Card Buying/Recharging points, main bus stations and subway stations. RMB20 will be charged as the deposit for the card and you can get it back as you return it. You can get your bus card recharged at any subway stations and some main bus stations, and the smallest amount for recharging is RMB10.
Or you can buy subway tickets at any subway station ticket booth. The ticket is RMB2 per trip and you can use it for any subway lines in Beijing.
3. Beijing Subway Travel
4. Beijing Subway Videos
Want to know how Beijing subway is looking like and how to take subways of Beijing, check Beijing Subway Video for details. Tell you how to take subway to famous tourist attractions of Beijing.
5. Beijing Subway Photos
Beijing Airport Express Subway Train photos