Beijing: Xizhimen’s New Interchange Passageway Now Reality

Xizhimen Interchange

In brief: The new interchange passageway complex at the Beijing Subway’s Xizhimen interchange has entered service.

The new interchange complex just opened, bringing ultimate relief to commuters. You’ve just shaved up to five minutes off your interchange marathon. (How cool is that!…) We’ll be going through this in a bit more detail some time later — but for the moment, here’s what’s new:

  • Hit the most by the changes will be riders transferring from Line 13 to Lines 2 and 4, and to the Beijing North Railway Station. Follow all signs. (Luckily, a fair lot are in English.)
  • Passengers transferring from Lines 2 or 4 will enter Line 13 via two different passageways; each line will use a different exit to reach the Beijing North Railway Station. It is best to meet your friend either on the Line 13 platform or outside the main Beijing North Railway Station building.
  • The interchange “labyrinth” outside is no more. Now, passengers going from Line 13 to Lines 2 and 4 will simply use a new passageway. Make sure you know which destination line you are transferring over to, as the new passageway splits into two at a lower level.
  • If you are changing from Line 13 to the Beijing North Railway Station, do not use the new interchange passageway and instead, exit while still in the Line 13 part of the station.
  • You can accomplish a neat “swipe card transfer” if you are changing from Line S2 of the Beijing Suburban Railway to the Beijing Subway system, and vice versa, since both use the Beijing “Yikatong” card. Look for the coaches on the suburban train starting in ZY — these used to be first class seats, which are a fair bit more comfy. Or try the dining car seats! (Of course, you’ll need to buy things to take a seat — and a nibble or a sip.)
  • In case it’s raining cats and dogs: You can complete the entire Beijing Subway to Beijing North Railway Station transfer underground (it appears to be one way only) — the underground concourse is available underneath as well. But to get tickets, you’ll have to brave the rain (or the snow!)…
  • Finally, there’ll be a new Starbucks right underneath the new Beijing North Railway Station. We are now begging for a similar equivalent at Beijing South…

This item was first posted in a constituent site which was later merged with Tracking China. It was posted before 2012 and may contain outdated content. If a specific date/timestamp was not found, the default used instead is at 12 noon Beijing time.

By David Feng

David Feng — founder and publisher, Tracking China, a Street Level China website.

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