Beijing Subway Services Getting Back to Normal

The military parade marking 70 years of the Chinese and Allied victory in World War II in Asia is now over. All Beijing Subway stations are slowly resuming services back to normal. Qianmen, Tian’anmen East, and Tian’anmen West stations will re-enter service tomorrow (04 September 2015).

To avoid further delays in future such events, you may wish to take a look at the following recommended diversions:

  • If Line 1 closes: Use Lines 6 or 7, which run parallel to Line 1.
  • Closures around Tian’anmen: Qianmen, Tian’anmen West, and Tian’anmen East are likely to be closed around major holidays. The closest stations are either Wangfujing (to the east of the square) or Hepingmen (to the southwest). When exiting at Wangfujing, choose a C exit; at Hepingmen, choose Exit B2, so you’re closest to Tian’anmen Square.
  • During events at the Beijing Olympic Green: The Olympic Sports Centre station is likely to be closed during these events. Use either Beitucheng or Olympic Green stations. If more Line 8 stations are affected, remember also that Line 15 has access to the Olympic Green and areas close to it, and that it is accessible from Lines 13 or 14, in addition to Line 8. Later this year, access to Line 15 from Line 5 will also be realised.

Please note that the city of Beijing will see longer and more intense traffic jams for much of September 2015. It is probably best to travel by subway, and travellers using a Yikatong city transit smartcard benefit from reduced fares for frequent travel. In particular, tomorrow (04 September 2015) is expected to be very busy on the roads.

By David Feng

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

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