Beijing(Peking), Municipality of Beijing, China (Asia)
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Examples of interesting station design:
Try the following tour, recommended by residents or metro enthusiasts:
The short line 8 has the most interesting stations. Line 5 also has some.
Isolated circle - Line 2 - 28 km - 18 stations - opened 1984 - completed 1987.
Ring under construction - line 10 - 32.5 km - 23 stations - opened 2008 - completed 2012.
All trains (except Line 5, 8 and 10) have a loud ringing bell sound moments before the doors close. Older trains have a faint beep when the doors open and close. Newer trains have 1 or 2 beeps when the doors open and 1, 2 or 3 beeps as the doors close depending on the line. All announcements are in Mandarin and English: "Lieche qianfang de chezhan shi [name of station]. You zai [station] xiache de chengke, qing nin tiqian zuo hao zhunbei. [Station] jiu yao dao le." (Which means: The next station for this train is [station]. Passengers alighting at [station], please get ready. We will soon be arriving at [station]" (mp3 from beijing-visitor.com). When the train gets into the station: "[station] dao le", which means, "we've arrived at [station]".
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