Getting bored of the uninspired interior design found in every single Shanghai subway station? Well, head on over to Chongqing, where one metro stop has been decorated magnificently enough to be called an “underground palace.”
While media reports have hyped the elegance, beauty and magnifiance of this transit station, most netizens seem to be less than impressed.
“How much money has the Chinese government spent on building this subway station? Why did the government focus on just this one particular station? Anyway, what is it made out of? I hope it won’t collapse the next time there’s some disaster,” one web user worried.
“Isn’t it ironic that the poorer people here in Chongqing are, the grander the subway stations get?” another asked.
“No matter how spectacular it looks now, what happens when heavy rainstorms come again and it turns into a ‘underground river’ instead?” another netizen teased.
“It’s all just a scheme. Shop owners nearby will be sucked dry because of increasing rental fees. At the end of the day, the government hasn’t done anything to improve people’s lives,” one netizen argued.
“Why is everyone here lashing out at the government. Good infrastructure can bring lots of advantages,” another shot back.
Sure it might be wasteful and tacky, but we really wish we could have got these guys to design our Shanghai Disney Resort subway station.
By Katie Ngai
[Images via NetEase]