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Chinese subway vs. those in other countries, which one do you prefer?

By Peng Fei (People's Daily)    08:51, June 02, 2017

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Peter Dovak, a lifelong transit lover from Washington, D.C. of the United States, recently created an animated GIF illustrating the development of China's subway from 1990 to 2020, showcasing the amazing speed and scale in the construction of the country's metro system. In 1990, there were only three cities that had subways, and as how Dovak predicted, China will have more than 40 cities with city train networks by 2020.

It's amazing!

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A large scale of subway building is not the only thing that China is pursuing. The most important thing is the quality. Quoting from the Rockefeller Foundation's data, The Guardian listed 10 of the best city train networks in the world, with two Chinese cities' included – the subway system in Shanghai and Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway. After a ride on Shanghai's subway, many foreign visitors highly praised the system when comparing to the ones in other countries. Actually, Chinese subways not only have a good reputation, but already had its technology exported to the world. China-made metro cars can be seen operating in Los Angeles of the U.S., Izmir of Turkey, Rio of Brazil and etc. China is contributing to the world's urban transit development.

Subways release the tension of the traffic in the cities and help to create diversified urban cultures. Passengers can experience the massiveness of London's subway system that is laden with history, the preciseness of Tokyo's subway network, as well as the tolerance and inclusiveness of New York's metro system. All the feelings that the passengers have when they ride on the subway, is the most wonderful part of the whole city train network. As to China's subways, being "young" is its biggest feature, which also means infinite possibilities. 

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