Chongqing impresses once again with yet another unique approach to local infrastructure. The iconically mountainous landscape of this southwestern region of China forces city planners to get creative when building things like highways and subways.
Hongtudi Station, on Line 6 of the Chongqing Metro, lies 60 meters below the Earth’s surface and has earned the title of the country’s deepest subway. As CGTN notes, if the distance itself doesn’t impress you, to put things in perspective, most bomb shelters are constructed at one-third of that depth.
Chongqing locals, who are used to the sometimes shocking approaches that the city takes to make sure commuters get where they need to go, aren’t overly impressed. In fact, compared to the Chongqing highway interchange which rises up to 72 meters above the ground, digging a really deep hole doesn’t seem like that big of a deal.
But, some members of the internet community are intrigued by the station and believe that it could make a standard ride on the subway seem a little more exciting. While there are mixed levels of enthusiasm, one thing both locals and netizens can agree upon is that, under no circumstances, would they want to be at Hongtudi Station when the escalator broke. Even with the help of escalators, it takes more than three minutes for commuters to ascend from the depths of the station, back up to ground level.
If you’re tempted to visit Chongqing to see the station yourself, just know that you’re taking a risk your legs might not thank you for.
By Emma Abrams
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