One Last Hard Look at Pingguoyuan Subway Station, Beijing

22:36 (UTC+08:00), 17 OCT 2017 | CHN CHAOYANGMEN

I once thought Pingguoyuan, literally Apple Gardens, was home to quite a nice orchard. I even thought of taking the old Mac group here just for the hell of. Make it probably a nice day out, ie iGardens or MacGardens, etc.

Pingguoyuan terminus on Line 1 is still here as of this writing, but not for long. It’s going away to get redone into a three-line hub, where it’ll co-host Lines 6 and the Mentougou Maglev. That’s going to be good when it happens in future, but for now it’ll mean we’ll have services cut back a stop, to Gucheng. Pingguoyuan will go dark as it’s being remodelled and, hopefully, expanded big time from the 1970s invention it is right now.

So it’s one more ride for the moment to Pingguoyuan, the only station on Line 1 not on Chang’an Avenue. As a result, it tilts probably 50°-60° to the northwest, making its mark felt clearly on the Subway map.

Being built in the 1970s, it was built at a time when Peking feared invasion from Moscow or DC more than the millions in the city that’d be one day taking this platform by surprise, so everything’s very spartan and not as big as you’d think.

In spite of the mini-platforms, the station does have a full set of exits (A-D, as standard).

Exit D appears to be exit-only, lest you let inconsistent signage guide you off course. (I would imagine they worked both ways earlier, but the fact it’s a pronounced terminus as in one with lots of traffic, plus the recent surge in ridership, might’ve made some exits one-way only.)

Not too far out are works for other lines heading into Pingguoyuan taking place. Remember there’s the Mentougou Maglev. And Line 6.

Some time back, when I last drove through here, Pingguoyuan was a hub of death and destruction. The shopping centre I picked up a drink from back in 2007 was being ripped apart as if the building destruction nurses just woke up from a vomit-filled wet dream. It was gut-wrenching in every way imaginable (and not!).

These days, we’re looking at much better development in this part of Western Beijing.

Meantime, queues being marked for bus routes indicate this is not the end of Beijing — hop onboard for further destinations…!

The timetables for this station. These new designs dated from the late 2000s. It’s now pretty much a decade or so old… Looks like nothing lasts forever here…

The ticket office. I still remember the “hut” / “cottage” building back in 2007.

So back it was, down to the tubes again… Security check, touch in, go…

This being a station which is around 40 years old, lighting isn’t really futuristic or super-bright here.

The station operates using a one-way system. It also makes some kind of sense, since the two platforms operate on the same one-way system; different from, say, Walthamstow Central on the Victoria line.

And now straight down to the eastbound train… Sihui and beyond…

One last look this time. Last pictures of the old platforms here?…