Hangzhou has three metro lines in operation. In 2017, the northwest section and extended section of Hangzhou Metro Line 2 is expected to start trial runs. The south section, including 8 metro stations, of Hangzhou Metro Line 4, is expected to open. In 2018, Hangzhou Metro Line 6 is expected to open. In 2019, Hangzhou Metro Line 5 is expected to open. In the future, Hangzhou City is expected to see the open of metro line 7, 9, and 10.
After more than five years’ construction, the first metro line Hangzhou – Line 1 – was put into service on November 24, 2012. The opening of Line 1 made Hangzhou the 17th city in China to have a rapid transit system.
Line 1 is 48 kilometers in length, with 31 stations. Originally, train ran every 10 minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from Monday to Sunday. Since 11 November, the operating hours have been extended to 10:30 p.m. from Friday to Sunday. Ticket fares are based on distance, ranging from 2 to 8 Yuan. Running between Xiang Lake (湘湖) and Linping (临平). Line 1 connects downtown Hangzhou with the suburban area of the city. It stretches across downtown Hangzhou after crossing the Qiantang River. The Xiasha line branches off from the main line at Coach Center (客运中心) and ends in XiashaJiangbin Station (下沙江滨站). Hangzhou Metro Line 1 is the first to have 4G network coverage in the world.
Line 2 (southeast section) Hangzhou Metro Line 2 was put into service on November 24, 2014. It is 18.3km long with 13 stations, starts from Zhaoyang Station in Xiaoshan District, stretches across Qiantang River and ends at Qianjiang Road Station in Qianjiang New City. There are 5 stations respectively transferring to Line 4, and the long-term planning for Lins 5, 6, 7, 9, and 11.
Line 4 Hangzhou Metro Line 4 finished its first stage of construction of the first operating section and south section and was put into service on February 2, 2015. Line 4 starts from Pengbu Station in Jianggan District and ends at Jinjiang Station, with the length of 9.65km and 10 metro stations.
NB: The extended section of Line 1 has been in operation from Nov.24, 2015.
Spring is here and so is the 2017 “Intoxicating Springtime” – Hangzhou Outdoor Leisure Season which, in the following three months, will provide the city with over 50 springtime outdoor experiences and tour itineraries. With six themes to choose from such as child-parent, flower viewing, games and sports, spring couldn’t be livelier.
The annual time for picking Longjing green tea leaves, one of the top ten renowned teas of China, has begun in Hangzhou and everywhere tea farmers are now busy picking and hand frying the famous leaves. If you wanted to take a sneak peek at how the farmers meticulously pick their verdant leaves from bushes nestled in undulating hills, or if you wanted to sample, at first hand, this year’s Longjing variety, then head to the following three tea villages which are known for their tea, tea culture and tea-related tourist attractions.