Metro operators have decided to ring in the new year by extending operating times for Lines 1, 2 and 8 past midnight on December 31.
According to Shanghai Daily, the three busiest lines in the city will remain in service for an additional 80 minutes to help ferry revelers home.
The last trains on Line 1 will leave from Fujin Road and Xinzhuang stations at 11:50 p.m. and 11:52 p.m. respectively. Line 2’s last trains will leave at 12:05 a.m. from Xujingdong and Guanglang Road stations. Trains on Line 8 will leave at 11:50 p.m. from Shendu Highway and Shiguang Road.
As it takes roughly half an hour for trains to make it from the end of the line into the city center, you can expect to catch a train from People’s Square up to around 12:40 a.m. in both directions.
In addition to the Shanghai Metro, 72 bus routes will also be extending their operating times for the night. Among these are 13, 21, 23, 37, 123, 139, 923, 934.
Shanghai authorities have clamped down on large-scale celebrations this year following the stampede which took place on the Bund last New Year’s Eve that killed 36 and injured 47.
The only major celebration is being held at Xintiandi and is limited to 4,800 participants. Shopping centers like the No. 1 Yaohan Department Store in Pudong, and the Shanghai New World Department Store on Nanjing Road will hold overnight promotional activities.
If you’re stuck for ideas on how to celebrate, be sure to check out our list of the best places to dine on New Year’s Eve where we’ve rounded up some of the best dinner deals from the city’s best tables. Or if you’re just looking for a boozy evening, we’ve selected 10 of the best places in Shanghai to get completely wasted.