China’s strange subway stop to nowhere

An odd subway station on the outskirts of the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing captured world attention this week because it doesn’t lead to anything.

After their journey underground, passengers emerge into a barren wasteland.

The station is not connected to any major roads, or other types of public transport, so commuters have to rely on a van service to get the rest of the way home, reports Shanghailist.

Although the station, Caojiawan, on Chongqing Metro’s Line 6, opened in 2015, photographs went viral this week after they were published in Chinese media.

One attempt to explain the peculiarity of the station was made by China Radio International, which reported that subway design and road construction are handled by two different government departments.

Like other cities in China, Chongqing has expanded extremely rapidly in the last two decades, so it may be that an urban area sprouts around  Caojiawan in the near future.

Meanwhile, the station sees very few passengers compared to the metropolis’s crowded stations that actually lead somewhere.

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  1. The government try to use modern infrastructure to speed up the local development. After few years, you will see a big changes WHICH is quite typical to Chinese environment.

  2. Future proofing . Of a system ain’t a bad thing . Always allows for options. In the UK we could only dream of spending £ on future proofing our infrastructure. We can’t even get what we need never mind planning ahead. Oh yeh I forgot HS2 LOL

  3. it may sound illogical but to build an infrastructure first then hope something develops around is not a bad idea (especially with land speculation and profiteering rife in many countries). I will not be surprised if a small town builds around the railway station. By the way, many American towns were built along railways lines when there was nothing to build a railway for. So, my verdict is to wait another 3-5 years and see the difference

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