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The Beijing Subway were opened with 8 lines, over 200 km of tracks and 123 stations currently in operation until July 19, 2008. Existing plans call for 19 lines and 561 km of tracks in operation by 2015. The Chinese government's 4 trillion economic stimulus package has further accelerated the timetable for subway construction. In addition to 7 lines already under construction, work is set to begin on 6 new lines in 2009, and the entire network will double in size to 420 km by 2012.
 

Beijing Subway Lines in Operation:
Beijing's subway lines generally follow the checkerboard layout of the city. Most lines run parallel or perpendicular to each other and intersect at right angles. The subway is generally closed after midnight, unless a special occasion prompts extended operating hours. The first trains depart terminals at around 5 am and the last leaves at around 11 pm.

 

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Line 1, a straight east-west line underneath Chang'an Avenue, which bisects the city through Tiananmen Square. Line 1 connects major commercial centres, Xidan, Wangfujing, Dongdan and the Beijing CBD.
Line 2, a rectangular loop line, traces the Ming-era city wall that once surrounded the inner city, and stops at 11 of the wall's former gates (ending in men), now busy intersections, as well as the Beijing Railway Station.
Line 5, a straight north-south line just east of the city centre. It passes the Temple of Earth, Lama Temple and the Temple of Heaven.
Line 10, a ""-shaped route to the north and east of Line 2. It follows the Yuan-era city wall in the north, passing just south of the Olympic Green. At the Sanyuanqiao, northeast of the city, Line 10 turns straight south and follows the eastern 3rd Ring Road through the embassy district and Beijing CBD.
Line 8 the Olympic Branch Line extends north off Line 10 with three stops in the Olympic Green Garden in north of city.
Line 13 arcs across suburbs north of the city and channels commuters to Xizhimen and Dongzhimen, at the northwest and northeast corners of Line 2.
The Airport Line connects the Beijing Capital International Airport, 27 km northeast of the city, with Line 10 at Sanyuanqiao and Lines 2 and 13 at Dongzhimen.
Line Batong extends Line 1 eastward from Sihui to suburban Tongzhou District.

   
Beijing subway lines under construction

Subway Lines Under Construction

Subway Lines now under or set to begin construction
In addition to the 8 lines currently in operation, there are at least 7 lines with 164 km of track length now under construction (Lines 4, 6, 8 Phase II, 9, 10 Phase II and commuter lines to Daxing and Yizhuang). Work on six more Lines 7, 14, 15 and the Fangshan, Changping and Western Suburban Lines are set to begin in 2009. Overall, Beijing's rapid transit rail network is expected to reach 561 km in length by 2015. Learn more plans

 

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