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Kunming Metro Subway Map

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Kunming - capital of Yunnan Province in Southwest China; 3.2 million inhabitants


 Line 1

North-south line, southern section opened in 2013, to eventually become 41.4 km with 25 stations

20 May 2013: Xiaodongcun - University Town South (22.1 km, 12 stations)
30 Apr 2014: Xiaodongcun - South Ring Road (> through operation on Line 2)
16 Dec 2016: Chunrong Street - Kunming South Railway Station (4.7 km, 4 stations)

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 Line 2

North-south line, complete length will be 22.8 km with 22 stations

30-04-2014: North Coach Station - South Ring Road (> through operation on Line 1)
01-09-2014: Kunming North Railway Station added

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 Line 3

East-west line, linking West and East Coach Station:

29 Aug 2017: Western Hills Park - East Coach Station (23.4 km)

 Line 6

Airport express line, starting from East Coach Station, the eastern terminus of metro line 3; to be extended into the city centre to reach a length of 25.7 km with 6 stations

28 June 2012: East Coach Station - Airport Center (18.2 km, without intermediate stations)
05 Mar 2016: service suspended
29 Aug 2017:
East Coach Station - Airport Center (including intermediate stations Dabanqiao and Airport Front)


Under construction:

Line 1 (South Ring Road - Panjiawan)
Line 2
South Ring Road - Suwang Cun )

Planned (tentative station names and routings):

Line 4: Dapuji to Bailongtan: Dapuji, Chenjiaying, Datangzi, Huangtu Po, Jinxiushan Zhuang, Bainishan, Xiaocaiyuan, Kunming North Train Station (Interchanges with Lines 2 and 5), Donghua, Dashuying (Line 3 interchange), Juhua East (Line 6 interchange), Kunming East Train Station, Economic Development Zone, Niujie Zhuang, Xiaoxi Cun, Chenggong, Dounan (Line 1 interchange), Chenggong South, Paomashan, Sports Center, Lianda Jie (Line 1 interchange), Bailongtan

Line 5: Expo Gardens to Dianchi Tourism Resort Area: Expo Gardens, Bailongsi, Shizha, Bailong Lu, Kunming North Train Station (Interchanges with Lines 2 and 4), Yuanxi Lu, Green Lake Park, Art Theater (Line 3 interchange), Xiba (Line 1 interchange), Wuhua Gymnasium, Youth Palace, Zhenghe Residential Area, Daba, Dianchi Tourism Resort Area

Line 6: Tangzi Xiang (interchange with line 2) -- Juhua -- East Bus Station

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Kunming Rail Transit (Official Website)

Kunming Metro at Wikipedia

News on Kunming




In May 2016, Craig Moore reports from Kunming:

The capital of Yunnan Province sits high on a plateau in deepest, southern China. As such, Kunming has a pleasant year-round climate and is known as the ‘City of an Eternal Spring’. With a rich history and ‘minority’ cultural presence, the city is an important tourist destination for the domestic and South-East Asian market. As a relative newcomer to the Metro family, Kunming Rail Transit (KRT) is constructing a substantial urban rail network, although currently, only 3 lines operate. These offer 59.6km of services with 33 stations. 40.2km of the operations are underground, with the remainder elevated.

Line 1 and Line 2
Until both lines are extended on their planned trajectories beyond South Ring Road Station, these lines operate as a single line service from North Coach Station in the north of the urban area to University Town South, a new residential/industrial/academic area in the peripheral south. The operation is 41.4km in length (Line 1 = 29.1km/Line 2 = 12.3km) with the continuous journey lasting 1hr 13mins. Line 1 has a 10.5km elevated section south of the city centre, whilst Line 2 is fully underground.

Despite its newness, the metro has become embedded into the life of the city and patronage rates are high, especially on line 1. There is a strong presence and identity of the system, facilitated, no doubt, by the huge amounts of construction work in the city centre for Line 3. The stations have entrances at major crossroads, and these are accompanied by a large totem (topped by the ‘K’ logo) and stylish glass/steel entrance porticos. Escalators and stairs lead to the entrance hall which house automated ticket machines, a large and rather vacant schematic system map accompanied by a vicinity map and first/last train information. After the typical security channel procedures, a line of automated ticket barriers await. Entry and exit barriers are located at either side of a customer information office. This office deals with ticket queries and has no hard-copy information at all. This set up is duplicated at each end of the station and passenger flows are good. Fares are distance-based (2-7 Yuan) and the ticket machines are easy to use, dispensing card-based tickets which are scanned at the barrier and slotted on exit. Once within the system, escalators provide access to the platform at either end of the station and there is also a lift, located in the centre of the station. The platforms are all very similar with three-quarter platform screens topped with a strip map highlighting the current station; seating areas, platform-station plan, clear directional signage (Mandarin/English) and toilets at the end of the platform. Above the platform screens are TVs which offer advertisements, metro behaviour tips, and next-train times. All the stations are island platforms except Chunong Street.

Trains are powered by third rail on 1435 track and operate at 8min headways during the day, with 5min frequencies at peak periods. Services are provided by 6-car sets built by CSR. These are through-trains and there are 8 sets of doors in each carriage. Above each door is an electronic strip map which shows line 1 and 2 as a single line (albeit colour-coded) and with journey progress lighting. There are no schematic maps on the train but electronic and audio announcements are offered in Mandarin and English. There is also a flat TV screen by alternate doors which show times and next station, as well as showing ‘behaviour’ information. The screens are encased within an electronic coloured surround which changes from blue to red when the southbound train leaves South Ring Road Station and becomes Line 1 (reverse on northbound services) – this being the only indication that there is a different numbered/coloured line! There is no colour-coding on stations and the service is just 1 long single line. The trains are clean and spacious with plastic side seating in a pale pink colour.

The ride is very quiet and speedy but the ATO means dwell times are quite long. From the northern suburbs the line is fully underground. Beiyun Road and stations south have the most footfall, with the trains starting to empty after Wuijaba. Just south of Xiaodongcun the line becomes elevated for 10.5km with the stations located in the centre of a main road, access to the ticket hall being provided by an elevated walkway from the side pavements. Like the rest of the line, the elevated stations have island platforms except South Coach Station which has 3 platforms (island and one side platform). Here there is a ramp in the middle of the two service lines which heads down from the elevated position to a small stabling facility to the south. The elevated platforms are equally smart and have half screens and each station is topped by a curvaceous canopy which protects from the sun. In addition, the end of the elevated platforms have a small protrusion which takes the platform beyond the signalling, mirrors and ATO paraphernalia, thereby offering uncluttered views of the infrastructure and train movements. This part of the line is residential with several shopping centres and sports facilities. Shortly after Dounan, the track heads below ground again before the line turns east. From here to Tuofeng Street the line speed is low, but then increases again all the way to the terminus.

It is always welcoming to be greeted at an airport by a ‘Metro’ sign, allowing you to ‘hit’ the system early, and to avoid high taxi fares. Thus, Line 6 of the KRT, which runs from East Bus Station near the city centre to the airport (18.2km/9.3km underground), is a welcome addition to the system. Sadly, however, the line has not reached its full potential as yet. The line only operates from 0900-1900 on a 25min frequency. Moreover, East Bus Station itself is unconnected to the other lines. This isolation and limited service level means that passenger numbers are apparently quite low and, personally, I was unable to use the line as I arrived late and departed early.

Once fully operational the system will be very impressive. It is well organised and works well at the moment and only adds to the enjoyment of this lovely city..




2012 © Robert Schwandl (UrbanRail.Net)