Shanghai Metro People’s Square Station

Shanghai Metro People’s Square Station is the first transition station in Shanghai Metro System. Once upon a time, there is only one metro line in Shanghai when I arrived in this city, and it took many years for the Metro Line #2 to be constructed and opened. Then the Long Transition Tunnel of the Metro #1 and #2 became the memories of many people – it was really long.

Now, with the opening of Metro Line #8 and the new transition hall, this is history. Look at the brand new Metro Station in People’s Square. Again, I am reporting through photos:

From Metro Line #8

From the Metro Line #8 platform, clear directions hangs on the top of the elevator entrance. The Metro Line #8 is much cleaner than Metro Line #1 and #2 anyway.

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Look at the lovely sign – [1] and [2]

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The Transition Hall

This is the transition hall. It is pretty high. Most people stay in the bottom of the hall. For those people who want to exit, climb high to get to the ground floor.


This is the view of the transition hall.  The right of the red-lined area is paying-area – passengers with tickets, and on the left is out of the station.


Look at this: This is pretty amazing. Instead of just one elevator, they have 3 elevators moving people from the bottom of the transition hall into the deeper hall into the earth.

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There are another three moving people up.

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Closing of the Long Transition Tunnel

With the new transition hall, the old Long Transition Tunnel was closed. Can you imagine that before, all the traffic from #1 to #2 comes out of this long transition tunnel – just some small closed gate?

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Sky in the Transition Hall

Below is the roof of the transition hall – with sky visible.

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Ground Signs

Outside the stations, direction signs have been updated to have the three lines there.

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New Control Center of Metro Line #8

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New Tunnel from Metro Line #8 to Raffles City.  

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Below is the old tunnel from Line #1 and #2. This one and the above one are parallel. If I were you, I will try to use the tunnel for Metro #8.

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At the end of the tunnel, there are three directions – Line #1, Line #2, and Line #8.

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Above is the Line #1, and below is Line #8 Hall. Obviously, the newer one is better, cleaner with fewer people, although they are just one wall in between, with many gates on the wall.

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Below is the complicated transition map that I don’t think anyone can really understand. It seems very high-tech though.

Photograph by Jian Shuo Wang


People’s Square Station is not my favorite one – my favorite transition station is Metro Century Avenue Station, and South Xizang Rd. Station. However, it is maybe the most complicated station. I am happy that it is finally transformed to be a much better station than before. I complained a lot about the Long Transition Tunnel – the big curve in the diagram blog linking top floor, to the bottom floor, until I saw the transition plan between Line #2 and Line #13 in Beijing. Now, with the close of the long tunnel, I don’t complain at all.

6 thoughts on “Shanghai Metro People’s Square Station

  1. it’s really confusing with so many metro lines and seeing the map might just confused me even more!

    i guess i will get lost at this transition station.

  2. Congratulations!!! This will improve things so much!

    I would love to go to take a look, hope i could go back to shanghai soon hehe I remember those bad experiences in the long corridor!!!!

    And imagine it carrying heavy bags and all hehe.

    Hope chinese people take care of the new place and it keeps clean and safe, not be taken by homeless and get dirty and ugly soon.

  3. To be honest, I get completely confused last time I was there, I even cann’t remember way back, while I was pretty sure half a year ago.\ It is not that I am not able to get used to how it looks now, it is where it goes to and how fast it is going that shakes me down.


  4. Can someone please tell me if there are disabled access lifts in the Shanghai subway?
    I am desperate for an answer

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