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Less than 20 years ago, only three cities in China had subways. If you didnt live in Beijing, Guangzhou, or Shanghai, underground travel was complete mystery. Today, there are more than 60 Metro lines in 25 cities, making subterranean transit accessible to some 291 million people. The scale and speed of development of China's rail system is unprecedented, gaining traction after the 2008 summer Olympics when public transit provided much-need relief from woes of China's urban traffic congestion. New lines grow quickly in cities concentrate in densely populated southeastern region. The Animation below, created by transit nerd and graphic designer Peter Dovak, tracks spread in mainland China and Hong Kong, as well as in Taiwan. The railway system grow in part to ease overcrowding, but also as a nod to China's role in the global economy. The Metro is a symbol of being a modern and international city to some local authorities, say Zhao Jian, economics professor of Beijing Jiaotong University and an expert on urban commuting systems. Building new lines is also a handy way for local officials to enhance their political capital by boosting local GDP. For every 100 million yuan invested in the Metro project, city's GDP rises by 263 million yuan and creates 8 000 jobs, according to Zhang Yan, who was secretary of China Civil Engineering Society in 2011. This form of construction, however, is not cheap. Subways can cost up to nine times more to build than surface light rails. So those politicians building political capital on one end could potentially be leaving behind debt on the other. Large amounts of money put into construction is often leave for their successors to pay back, say Zhao, practice especially common among second-and third-tier cities.

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Not all are aboard

But might regular, reliable, fast-enough trains around big cities have been almost as good as high-Speed Rail, at a fraction of the price? The OECD, rich-country think-tank, reckons it costs 90 % more to build lines for trains that reach 350kph than it does to lay ones that allow speeds of 250kph. For longer lines with more than 100m passengers Year and travel times of Five hours or lesssuch, as one between Beijing and Shanghaithe, the more expensive Type may be justifiable. It is less so for journeys between commuter towns, during which trains only briefly accelerate to top speeds. For longer journeys serving sparse populationsa, description that fit many of lines in western and northern Chinahigh-Speed Rail is prohibitively expensive. The Overall, bill is already high. China Railway Corporation, State-own operator of the train system, has debts of more than 4trn yuan, equal to about 6 % of GDP. Strains were evident last year when China Railway Materials, equipment-maker, was forced to restructure part of its debts. Six lines have started to make operating profits, with the Beijing-Shanghai link, the world's most profitable bullet train, pulling in 6. 6bn yuan last year. But in less populated areas, they are making big losses. A State-run magazine says line between Guangzhou and the Province of Guizhou owe 3bn yuan per year in interest paymentsthree, times more than it makes from ticket sales. Nearby, Mr Gus's old-age home is off to a good start, with help from local hospital. Down the road there is a drab collection of stores, restaurants and houses. This was meant to be the kernel of the New Railway Town: People were resettled here to make way for tracks. Two older residents say they are sure that better days are just around the corner. They have heard that the government will move in 100 000 people from part of western China plagued by landslides. Suzhou will provide new arrivals with a place to live and they, in turn, will provide the town with the population it needs to thrive. But it is impossible to confirm rumourone more article of hope in what China likes to call its high-Speed Rail dream. This article appeared in the China section of the print edition under the headline lure of Speed Many had thought China would rein in its ambitions after the fall of Liu Zhijun, Railway minister who was once revered as the father of the bullet-train system. In 2011, he was removed for corruption. Shortly after, high-Speed rail crash caused by signalling failure killed 40 people. Mighty Railway ministry was disbanded and folded into the Transport ministry. China slowed its fastest trains down from a world-beating 350kph to a safer 300kph. Bullet trains have run with few glitches since the tragic crash. But network expansion now under way is even bolder than Mr Liu had envisage. China has a four-by-four grid at present: four big North-South and East-West lines.

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Lines and stations

Table

DestinationsBus Nos.
Humble Administrator's Garden50, 55, 178, 202, 262, 309, 313, 518, 529, 811, 923, Tourism Bus Line 1, 2 and 5 at Suzhou Museum (Humble Administrator's Garden/Lion Grove Garden)
Tiger Hill7, 8, 10, 32, 34, 36, 81, 85, 101, 146, 316, 318, 324, 441, 529, 800, 921, 923, 949, Tourism Bus Line 1 and 2 at Tiger Hill
Lingering Garden6, 7, 36, 50, 70, 85, 161, 318, 800, 921, 933, Tourism Bus Line 1 at Lingering Garden
Guanqian Street1, 5, 8, 32, 38, 50, 89, 101, 102, 103, 178, 502, Tourism Bus Line 2, 4 and 5
Suzhou Railway Station1, 10, 26, 38, 40, 50, 81, 83, 119, 166, 178, 202, 316, 317, 324, 406, 502, 522, 529, Tourism Bus Line 2, 3, 4 and 5 at Railway Station
North Bus Station44, 50, 54, 56, 64, 81, 83, 86, 87, 112, 324 at North Bus Station
South Bus Station3, 4, 10, 16, 39, 42, 43, 52, 53, 55, 60, 62, 63, 66, 67, 101, 103, 108, 168, 200, 308, 504, 512, 514, 529, 933 at South Bus Station

Trains from both terminals from line 2 leave at 6: 00 am. Meanwhile, last train from this line leaves at 11: 32 pm from Sangtian Dao towards Qihe. The peak hours from this line are following: peak hours during morning: peak hours for trains heading from Sangtian Dao to Qihe are from 7: 45 am until 8: 33 am. For trains heading from Qihe to Sangtian Dao, trains are fill to capacity between 8: 00 am and 8: 56 am. During these periods of time, trains reach stations each five minutes and 30 seconds. Peak hours during afternoon: during the afternoon, Suzhou Metro has the highest number of passengers between 5: 00 pm and 7: 00 pm. For trains heading from Sangtian Dao to Qihe, peak hours are from 5: 12 pm to 6: 24 pm. Meanwhile, for trains heading from Qihe to Sangtian Dao, peak hours occur between 5: 54 pm and 6: 52 pm. Just like trains during morning peak hours, these trains reach stations during afternoon peak hours with a frequency of five minutes and 30 seconds.

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Table2

Tourism Bus Line 1Tiger Hill - Pingsi Road
Tourism Bus Line 2Tiget Hill - Jiefang West Road
Tourism Bus Line 3Suzhou Railway Station West - Jinshan Road
Tourism Bus Line 4Suzhou Railway Station West - Tianping Mountain
Tourism Bus Line 5Auchan Supermarket - Auchan Supermarket

Industry Park Lines

Yuan Qu Special Line 1Logistics Center ( Industrial Area Wei Ting ) - Donggang 2nd Village
Yuan Qu Special Line 2Fengyi Industry Park - Heshun Road Bus Terminal

Table3

Susong Intercity BusNorth Bus Station - Taicang
West Bus Station - WuxiNorth Bus Station - Changshu
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Fares

How much does it cost?

1-Way$1.75
1-Day Pass$7
7-Day Pass$25
LIFE 7-Day Pass (low-income)$19
30-Day Pass$100
LIFE 30-Day Pass (low-income)$76

Traveling by train can be a quick and effective way to get from point to point B in no time. Suzhou Rail Transit provides two Metro lines ideal for visiting local attractions, while Suzhous four Main Transit Stations provide connections to major cities, including Shanghai, Beijing and Nanjing. Metro Use Metro lines 1 and 2 for traveling within Suzhou. Metro lines 3, 4 and 5 are under construction and are expected to be completed between 2015 and 2020. Depending on distance, ticket prices range from 2 to 6. Suzhou Rail Transit Line 1 Direction: Runs east-West from Mudu Station to Zhongnan Jie Station local Stops: Suzhou Amusement Land, Suzhou International Expo Center in Suzhou Industrial Park / SIP Number of Stations: 24 Suzhou Rail Transit Line 2 Direction: Runs North-South from Suzhou North Railway Station to Baodaiqiao South Station local Stops: Suzhou Railway Station, Suzhou North Railway Station Number of Stations: 22 intercity Stations Suzhous four conveniently locate train Stations are ideal for day trips and best Use for city-to-city travel. Although some lines make local stops within Suzhou, many trains provide high-Speed service perfect for quick connections to neighboring cities. Fares vary for each destination, and visitors must purchase their tickets from the Railway Station counter or through ticket offices throughout the city. Travel Tip If traveling during the Chinese holiday or festival, purchase your ticket well in advance. Suzhou Railway Station Line: Shanghai-Nanjing Main Line Location: 27 Chezhan Road, Gusu, Suzhou Suzhou North Railway Station Line: Beijing-Shanghai high-Speed Railway Location: Fulin Road, Xiangcheng District, Suzhou Yuanqu Railway Station Line: Nanjing-Shanghai Main Line Location: Zhihe West Road, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou Xinqu Railway Station Line: on Nanjing-Shanghai Main Line, but Use for high-Speed trains to / from Beijing only Location: Hushuguan Town, Suzhou New Zone 215004

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Rules

As it is usual in most Subway systems in the world, smoking in stations and trains in Suzhou Metro is strictly prohibit. Your belongings should not obstruct the rest of passengers. Animals of any kind are banned from Suzhou Metros facilities. Therefore, you should seek another means of transportation if you want to bring your pet with you. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in rail cars and stations from Metro. Writing graffiti is strictly prohibited in stations and trains from Subway. Metro Suzhou users are banned from carrying flammable materials in stations and trains from Metro. Users are also banned from carrying weapons, including knives and firearms, unless they have permission by authorities to do so. Emergency equipment, which is available in every station, should be used only in dangerous situations. Their improper use could result in a fine, or even being banned from the Metro. If Metro staff or surveillance cameras from Metro detect someone crossing the yellow LINE, which is a dangerous zone in platforms, they could be fin. Running on stations and trains from Suzhou Metro is prohibit, since doing so is dangerous for you and for the rest of the passengers. Assaults in Suzhou Metro are penalized with steep fines. Therefore, do not assault either passengers nor Metros personnel.

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Future expansions

Five major factors of the developmental environment were found to have a profound impact on the development of Urban Rail Transit during the 13 Five-Year Plan period. In the 2016-2020 period, China will witness the migration of approximately 100 million people into cities, in addition to nearly 100 million new vehicles on roads, substantial increase in the share of public transport travel, accelerated construction in cities with ongoing Urban Rail Transit projects, and new construction in cities with plans to install Urban Rail Transit systems. The combined effects of these five forces have facilitated more large-scale development of Urban Rail Transit. 13 Five-Year Plan period is the initial period of China's New Urbanization Plan. It is also within the range of rapid Development with an Urbanization ratio of 30-70 %, which implies further expansion at scale of cities. In 2016, population of Mainland China is 1. 38 billion, 8. 09 million more than 2015, accounting for an annual natural growth rate of 5. 6 %. The population of permanent urban residents reached 790 million, and the urbanization ratio was 57 %. We can therefore estimate that the population of Mainland China will reach 1. 45 billion by 2020. At this point, expected urbanization ratio in National planning will reach 60 %, which is approximately equal to 870 million Urban residents, increase of approximately 100 million people over 2016-2020. There are 656 cities in China, including 201 large cities. Among large cities, there are six megacities, 12 extra-large cities, 21 Type I large cities, and 164 Type II large cities. With approximately 100 million people expected to migrate to cities during the 13 Five-Year Plan period, size of existing cities is surely to expand, which will aggravate traffic congestion and increase demand for Urban Rail Transit. In terms of non-Public vehicle ownership in China, 82. 6 million new vehicles were added during 2010-2015, referred to as 12 Five-Year Plan, at an average annual increase of 16. 53 million, or 14 %. The vast majority of these vehicles were in large cities. There are 40 cities each with over 1 million non-Public vehicles and 11 cities each with over 2 million non-Public vehicles. Consequently, traffic conditions have become a major issue. However, national average vehicle ownership per 1000 people was only 125 vehicles, which was significantly lower than that of medium-developed countries. Therefore, vehicle ownership will continue to grow over 13 Five-Year Plan period. If the average annual growth rate during the 13 Five-Year Plan period is two-thirds of that in the 12 Five-Year Plan period and the scrappage rate remains the same as that of 2015, then the number of private vehicles will increase by 91. 5 million within 2016-2020. Among these new vehicles, 85 % will be passenger vehicles, of which 85 % will be in large cities. However, actual situation is likely to be far worse than above estimation.

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Nearby attractions

Table

DestinationsBus Nos.
Humble Administrator's Garden50, 55, 178, 202, 262, 309, 313, 518, 529, 811, 923, Tourism Bus Line 1, 2 and 5 at Suzhou Museum (Humble Administrator's Garden/Lion Grove Garden)
Tiger Hill7, 8, 10, 32, 34, 36, 81, 85, 101, 146, 316, 318, 324, 441, 529, 800, 921, 923, 949, Tourism Bus Line 1 and 2 at Tiger Hill
Lingering Garden6, 7, 36, 50, 70, 85, 161, 318, 800, 921, 933, Tourism Bus Line 1 at Lingering Garden
Guanqian Street1, 5, 8, 32, 38, 50, 89, 101, 102, 103, 178, 502, Tourism Bus Line 2, 4 and 5
Suzhou Railway Station1, 10, 26, 38, 40, 50, 81, 83, 119, 166, 178, 202, 316, 317, 324, 406, 502, 522, 529, Tourism Bus Line 2, 3, 4 and 5 at Railway Station
North Bus Station44, 50, 54, 56, 64, 81, 83, 86, 87, 112, 324 at North Bus Station
South Bus Station3, 4, 10, 16, 39, 42, 43, 52, 53, 55, 60, 62, 63, 66, 67, 101, 103, 108, 168, 200, 308, 504, 512, 514, 529, 933 at South Bus Station

If you take a taxi to Suzhou Railway Station for departure, your taxi will take you on to the 2nd floor of Suzhou Train Station. If you take public bus to Suzhou Railway Station, your bus stop is usually a little far from the Train Station building. You have to walk to the first floor of the Station and then take escalator up to the 2nd floor, waiting hall for departure. For most departing trains, you have to have your train tickets checked on the 2nd floor. For small number of trains, your ticket check will be on the first floor. So please check the changing timetable flashing out from TV screens. 2 floor for departure hall

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Table2

Tourism Bus Line 1Tiger Hill - Pingsi Road
Tourism Bus Line 2Tiget Hill - Jiefang West Road
Tourism Bus Line 3Suzhou Railway Station West - Jinshan Road
Tourism Bus Line 4Suzhou Railway Station West - Tianping Mountain
Tourism Bus Line 5Auchan Supermarket - Auchan Supermarket

Industry Park Lines

Yuan Qu Special Line 1Logistics Center ( Industrial Area Wei Ting ) - Donggang 2nd Village
Yuan Qu Special Line 2Fengyi Industry Park - Heshun Road Bus Terminal

Table3

Susong Intercity BusNorth Bus Station - Taicang
West Bus Station - WuxiNorth Bus Station - Changshu
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