Shanghai Subway (called "di(4)-tie(3)" in Chinese)
Subway is the most efficient way of traveling around Shanghai. It's fast, it's cheap and it's easy.
Global view of Shanghai Subway line.
Main line is Red (line 1) and Green color (line 2)
Let's get started:
Be ready to fight for your queue, some people might cut in the line.
In general, the ticket officers don't mind at all who comes first or line.
For those who are frequent users of Shanghai Subway, it's preferable to use the magnetic prepaid transportation card. It's called JIAOTONG Card (jiao1tong1ka3 / 交通卡)
This 'Jiaotong' card' can be used in Subway, Taxi, Bus and boat. (It seems that we can use it in McDonald's)
This card requires a 30RMB deposit,
for example : if you pay 50Rmb, your usable value is 20Rmb.
if you pay 100Rmb, your credit is 70Rmb.
Available at any Subway ticket counter in every subway station.
Why opt for Jiaotong Card ?
No need to queue up to buy ticket each time.
No validity. Get out of subway area faster, you only need to swipe the card on the optic reader. (No need to take out the card each time, the optic reader can scan through clothes, handbags, wallet)
This is normal appearance of Jiaotong card. If you are lucky, you can find some nice new collection. It's credit card size.
This is the entrance and exit, the optic card reading machine is on the top. (Green color)
Each time you enter, the value of the card is shown.
When leaving the station, the remaining value is shown.
How to read the sign :
In general, the train is always crowded, people waiting outside the train normally don't leave space for inside-the-train people come out. Normally, there is always a 'pushing'..don't be surprised.
This is the 'usual rush hour' image.
Be sure to get information about your exit. In general, there are 3-4 exits for each station. Some major stations like People Square has 12 exits or Xujiahui has 14 exits. If you misses the right exit, be ready for a long walk....
Shanghai Subway Map is available at URBANRAIL.NET
Line 2 (Green color) has changed some station names from
-Henan Zhong lu (or Middle Henan) changed to Nanjing Dong lu
-Shi Men Yi lu changed to Nanjing Xi lu
-Dongfang lu changed to Shiji Avenue/Shiji da dao
Make sure to always keep up with the updated information as Shanghai has a lot of changes so fast and