One Last Hard Look at Pingguoyuan Subway Station, Beijing

One Last Hard Look at Pingguoyuan Subway Station, Beijing

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.

Waiting on the Subway World to Change

Waiting on the Subway World to Change

It looks like the Beijing Subway is getting quite a few new additions for later this year. This route map of Line 4 on a line is a dead giveaway.

  • Line 6: Coming soon. Later this year, the bit from Wuluju in Haidian will open all the way out to the eastern suburbs — Caofang is the terminus for the time being.
  • Line 9: Coming soon to Line 4. Right now Line 9 runs a very weird stretch from Guogongzhuang (interchange with the Fangshan Line) to the Beijing West Railway Station, going nowhere else really.
  • Line 10: Expanding soon. It’s opening in two parts: the bit between Bagou and Jinsong via the Olympic Green and Guomao is reality already, so we’re looking at the second interchange station with Line 4, Jiaomen West, to open later this year.
  • Line 14: Opening later. As it’s a Beijing MTR line, they had to get this in (as the Beijing MTR runs Line 4 as well).

Please get ready for your arrival! Especially Line 6.