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These links shows the interior of the new stations and trains of line 5, which will launch its service on October 7th. The captions are in Chinese but I think they are pretty self-explanatory.

For those of you who took subway there before....I am sure you will agree with me this is a definite improvement.

http://www.chinametro.net/Content/DisplayNews.aspx?ID=11858

(I think the trash bin is kinda cute)

http://www.chinametro.net/Content/DisplayNews.aspx?ID=11833

http://www.chinametro.net/Content/DisplayNews.aspx?id=11698

Besides, here shows a new train (and its interior) of Line 1

http://www.chinametro.net/Content/DisplayNews.aspx?ID=11817

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These links shows the interior of the new stations and trains of line 5, which will launch its service on October 7th. The captions are in Chinese but I think they are pretty self-explanatory.

For those of you who took subway there before....I am sure you will agree with me this is a definite improvement.

http://www.chinametro.net/Content/DisplayNews.aspx?ID=11858

(I think the trash bin is kinda cute)

http://www.chinametro.net/Content/DisplayNews.aspx?ID=11833

http://www.chinametro.net/Content/DisplayNews.aspx?id=11698

Besides, here shows a new train (and its interior) of Line 1

http://www.chinametro.net/Content/DisplayNews.aspx?ID=11817

All of those links are in Chinese!

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It looks much better - very much like the Hong Kong MTR - however those photos still show the same narrow main entrances that cause humungous traffic snarls. Its a start - but the added influx of tourists need to be able to get IN and OUT of the stations to benefit from the improvements!!

I have been to Beijing numerous times and I'm telling you - its only a small part of what needs to be done :)

Still, as all the expats say - "In twenty years time its 1980!"

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If they replace them with transparent "plastic" ones, it will definitely look much more modern. Good point.

(Does it have to do with budget?)

They've spent so much money on these stations, it wouldn't make that much of a difference.

I was thinking of glass barriers, which are common in most metro stations around the world, because they are aesthetically pleasing:

ebbioclean-balcony2.jpg

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