Chengdu is planning 8 subway lines totaling 298 km. The first 18.5 km phase of the 26.7 km 17 station line opened in September 2010.  This phase is entirely below ground, and is western China's first metro.  The line is also known as the Panda Express because of the many pandas that commute to the zoo on the line. Despite their appearance and occasional tendency to maul human passengers, the hairy travelers are bearly noticed.

Hairy Panda is in good spirits as he boards the new Chengdu subway en-route to his job at the zoo.

Once completed, Line 1 will span 31 km, nie of which will be above ground.

Pase Two of Chengdu's second subway line is expected to open in December 2012. It's 8.7 km and 6 new stations will bring Line 2 to 23 km and 20 stations, for a system total of 41 km and 36 stations.

Plan details, thanks to Sara Hayden:

Line Terminal 1 Terminal 2 Length
1 Huayang (South) Zoo (NNE) 26.22 km
2 Wu Gui Qiao (Longquan) SE Jinsha (Jin Niu) NW 23.7 km
3 Liu Jia Nian (NNW) Liuli Chang (SSE) 18.2
4 Chengnan (E) Zhuzi Qiao airport (SW) 27.1
5 Chengya Bus Stn. (SSW) Shiling (W) 26.77

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