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Detailed Kunming metro plans finally unveiled

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It's 9:00 on Saturday night and you and a friend just finished dinner in the Beichen area. You have a date all the way down on Guangfu Lu in the south of the city in half an hour. The buses are filled. So are the cabs.

No need to panic - simply head underground, give a machine three kuai and then hop on the Kunming metro. Twelve stops later, you arrive at the rendezvous point, right on time. A text message arrives: "stuck in traffic, there in half an hour".

It's difficult to imagine covering large areas of the city in short amounts of time during peak traffic hours, but according to city officials, this will be possible in less than three years.

Last Thursday, Kunming Deputy Mayor He Bo (何波) announced at a press conference that a test section of Kunming's metro track is finished and construction is set to begin soon on Lines 1, 2, 3 and 6 with the first two lines operational by early 2013.

The first phase of the metro to receive passengers will be comprised of the southern section of Line 1 between downtown Kunming and Chenggong and the northern section of Line 2, which connects northern and southern Kunming.

Traffic on major streets including Beijing Lu and Chuncheng Lu will be disrupted while tunnels and stations are built in a downtown that is already short on free space.

In densely populated downtown areas the metro will run underground, with elevated rail used in suburban areas. The entire six-line metro system is scheduled for completion by 2018, at which point officials estimate it will serve up to 3.7 million trips per day.

Kunming real estate websites and BBS sites are poring over this first look at the planned metro network. Click on the thumbnails below for Chinese- and English-language map of the six lines.


Here is a tentative list of the lines and stations:

Line 1: Xichang Lu to Kunming Radio and Television University, Chenggong
Xichang Lu (Line 3 interchange), Xiba (Line 5 interchange), Luosiwan, Huancheng Nan Lu (Line 2 interchange), Kunming Train Station (Line 2 interchange), Kunming International Convention and Exhibition Center, South Third Ring Road, Wujiaba, Century City, Guandu, Tiyucheng, Wula Cun, Chenggong (Line 1 interchange), Chenggong North, Executive Center, Central Train Station (Line 4 interchange), University City, Kunming Radio and Television University

Line 2: Kunming North Bus Station to Fubao
Kunming North Local Bus Station, Longtou Jie, Yangchang Cun, Jin'an Residential Area, Beichen, Jinxing, Kunming North Train Station (Interchanges with Lines 4 and 5), Yuantong Lu, Panlong, Dongfeng Plaza (Line 3 interchange), Tangzi Xiang, Huancheng Nan Lu (Line 1 interchange), Kunming Train Station (Line 1 interchange), Nanba Lu, Rixin Residential Area, Shidaifenghua Residential Area, Guangfu Lu, Liujia, Lijia Cun, Fubao

Line 3: Shizui to East Bus Station
Shizui, Majie, Mianshan, Xiyuan, Jinhuapu, Kunming Municipal Gymnasium, Xichang Lu (Line 1 interchange), Art Theater (Line 5 interchange), Nanping Jie, Dongfeng Plaza (Line 1 interchange), Provincial Stadium, Dashuying (Line 4 interchange), Jinmashan, Jinsha Residential Area, Taiping Cun, East Bus Station (Line 6 interchange)

Line 4: Dapuji to Bailongtan
Dapuji, Chenjiaying, Datangzi, Huangtu Po, Jinxiushan Zhuang, Bainishan, Xiaocaiyuan, Kunming North Train Station (Interchanges with Lines 2 and 5), Donghua, Dashuying (Line 3 interchange), Juhua East (Line 6 interchange), Kunming East Train Station, Economic Development Zone, Niujie Zhuang, Xiaoxi Cun, Chenggong (Line 1 interchange), Dounan, Chenggong South, Paomashan, Sports Center, Central Train Station (Line 1 interchange), Bailongtan

Line 5: Expo Gardens to Dianchi Tourism Resort Area
Expo Gardens, Bailongsi, Shizha, Bailong Lu, Kunming North Train Station (Interchanges with Lines 1 and 4), Yuanxi Lu, Green Lake Park, Art Theater (Line 3 interchange), Xiba (Line 1 interchange),

Wuhua Gymnasium, Youth Palace, Zhenghe Residential Area, Daba, Dianchi Tourism Resort Area

Line 6: Wujiaba to Kunming Xiaoshao International Airport
Wujiaba (Line 1 interchange), Juhua East (Line 4 interchange), East Bus Station (Line 3 interchange), Kunming Xiaoshao International Airport

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If I read this correctly it seems that the North is getting a pretty lousy deal. Would seem logical to extend the line by 3-4 stations. That said it looks as if they are doing the initial preparations for building tracks a lot further up North than the diagram suggests.

Sounds wonferful.

The steel skeleton of a station is going up outside the apartment I'm staying at on Beijing Lu. It's located just east of the North Railway Station, situated parallel and directly adjacent to the existing narrow gauge tracks. It appears to be a part of the Lines 1, 4 and 5 interchange at Beijing North Train Station. Based on the location and orientation of the platform in the new station, along with the list of Line 4 stops, I reckon that Line 4 will subsume a significant central chunk of the historic narrow gauge passenger line.

If you're interested in experiencing the communist nostalgia of a ride on the narrow gauge passenger line, I would do it soon: it's days are likely numbered.


"Its days," not "it's days." :-(

Surely "it's days" is right, Dan?
..... The days belonging to it (the railway) are numbered....??

Its "it's days our likely numbud".

This is one of those irregular cases in English usage.

It's = it is or it has
Its - the possessive form has no apostrophe.

See also en.wiktionary.org/wiki/its

You're right, of course. As an English teacher I hang my head in shame!


Not to worry. Your English is a lot better, and more coherent, than many self professed English teachers posting on this site. At least you spell, punctuate and capitalize normally.

I notice the "So" is becoming an over used sentence opener, both written and spoken. So cuz u dont and tigertiger don't so everything I guess it isn't being taught that so should be used repeatedly. So kinda makes me think of Valley Girl talk which became the in thing in the 1970s. So do you teach using rising inflection to end each sentence? So like second tone. :-)

Of coarse, your so wright.

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