Ancient Chinese capital Xi'an to build 15 subway lines by 2040

08:32, January 30, 2011      

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The northwest China city of Xi'an, home to the Terracotta Army, plans to build 15 subway lines stretching for 600 kilometers before 2040.

The city's No. 2 subway line is scheduled to start operating on Sept. 28, said Chen Dongshan, head of the subway construction office of Xi'an, capital city of Shaanxi Province.

Construction of the No. 1 line is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

Construction of the No. 3 line will start in October.

Some 4 billion yuan (608 million U.S. dollars) will be invested in the lines' construction this year.

Xi'an, the starting point of the Silk Road, is a city with more than 3,000 years of history. It was the capital of the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties.

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