The longest metro system in the world is about to get even longer, with Shanghai’s newest line poised to open in December.
Covering more than 35 kilometers of track, line 17 will stretch from Minhang District to Qingpu District, the site of Zhujiajiao Water town, according to That’s Shanghai.
With connections to lines 2 and 10, the route is part of an ambitious expansion project by municipal authorities to add nine new lines, spanning 250 kilometers in total, by 2025.
In an August Global Times opinion piece, Sabrina Samra weighed the potential economic value of integrating Qingpu District into the metro system against the cultural impact of connecting a cloistered suburb known as “Shanghai’s countryside” — until now insulated from the city’s commercial enclaves — to the downtown area.
“The very disconnection of Qingpu provides for its beauty and uniqueness,” she writes. “The establishment of Line 17 will allow Qingpu to economically thrive, but what about culturally?”
While the expansion of the metro into the city’s furthest reaches is not without its detractors, it will bring some measure of relief to an overtaxed system in which sexual harassment and theft have become more pervasive.
And, it must be noted, the opening of Line 17 will provide another prime public venue for Shanghai gourmets to dissect raw pig heart.
[Images via That’s Shanghai]