Someday in the not so distant future, you’ll be able to hop on a subway train, and ride it all the way to Chongming Island… if you so desire.
According to Shanghai Daily, construction will begin on the new Shanghai Metro Line 19 by the end of they year. The line will run from Pudong’s Jinqiao area all the way to Chongming’s Chenjia Town passing through Changxing Island on the way. Eventually, there will be another branch to take passengers to nearby Hengsha Island as well.
If you’re unfamiliar with Chongming Island, it’s actually mainland China’s second largest island, located about 80km away from downtown Shanghai. It’s a land of wetlands, goats, trees and garbage dumps. Currently, the main transport link between Chongming and Shanghai is the Yangtze River tunnel, which obviously can get a bit crowded during peak times.
Along with the metro line, the Chongming government has also vowed to build and expand its road network in the area to better serve commuters and tourists as Chongming tries to develop itself into a “world-class ecological island” by 2020.
It’s also hoped that by 2020, Line 19 will be operational to Changxing Island, and then extended to Chongming and Hengsha by 2025.
So, we’ll keep you informed about all that. In the meantime, check out this metro map to see where else you’ll be able to go by subway in 2020:
[Images via Shanghai Daily]
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