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Modern China / Trip Ideas

Culture beyond the wall

By Jocelyn Yi

April 12

Most subway stations in Chinese cities have distinctive walls that represent local culture.

Most subway stations in Chinese cities have distinctive walls that represent local culture.

Each subway line serves not just as a people carrier, but also a vehicle of culture. Most stations in China have distinctive walls that represent local culture, helping travelers discover the city beyond the wall.

Beijing, a cultural corridor

Metro line 6 travels through lots of historic areas across the city, giving it great significance in wall culture.

Chegongzhuang Station: different characters in Peking Opera [Image Credit: youth.cn]
Dongdaqiao Station: shadow puppetry [Image Credit: youth.cn]

Guangzhou, a cultural cradle of Southern China

Metro line 7 travels through one of the cultural centers of Southern China, which has earned fame as “a land flowing with milk and honey.”

Shibi Station: with blue painted glass to represent the water system and white iron carved vessels to reproduce water traffic in ancient times [Image Credit: youth.cn]
Higher Education Mega Center South Station: with contents of Di Zi Gui, or Standards for Being a Good Student and Child, carved in three-dimensional print on white marble. [Image Credit: youth.cn]

Xi’an, the old Silk Road

The cultural wall of Metro line 3 not only represents local tourist attractions such as  Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Terra-cotta Warriors, but also elements from the old Silk Road like camels and messengers.

Xiaozhai Station: landmarks along the Silk Road [Image Credit: youth.cn]

Zhengzhou, a miniature of the culture in Yellow River

Metro line 2 reminds us of the city’s history dating back to the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 B.C.) with a cultural wall based on the theme “bronze fire.”

Erligang Station: a tripod, wine vessel and pot made of bronze [Image Credit: youth.cn]
Nanjing, the brilliance of China’s ancient culture

Metro Line 3 running through the Yangtze River covers a series of historic tourist attractions, such as Xuanwu Lake, Daxinggong (imperial palace for short stays), Confucius Temple and the Qinhuai River.

7.Confucius Temple Station: a scene from the Chinese classic “Dream of Red Mansions” [Image Credit: youth.cn]

Chengdu, a paradise for pandas   

Metro Line 3 reflects the characteristics of Sichuan, hometown of the panda. [Image Credit: youth.cn]
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