Beijing Subway

The Beijing subway is the world's second largest metro system with 465 kilometres of track. Opened in 1969, it now consists of 17 lines with more than 232 stations and an average of 9.5 million daily commuters.

Largely funded by the Beijing Municipal Government, its low flat fare of 2.00 Renminbi makes it the cheapest of any municipal metro system in China and a hugely popular means of transportation in the crowded and frenetic metropolis. To accommodate the growing number of users, expansion plans are set to more than double the network by 2020.

"The subway is the pride of Beijing. It’s the only reason to live in this city," says Liu Jinchang, a sales director. He owns a car, still a relative luxury in China, but prefers to commute by metro. As an example of state led development unconstrained by profit imperatives, Beijing's metro is a fascinating case study in how cities can try to cope with ever expanding populations and the imperative to keep people moving. 

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    Passengers ride the Beijing Subway in Beijing, China in October 2014.

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    Passengers change platform at an interchange station on the Beijing Subway in Beijing, China in October 2014.

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    Commuters walk through a tunnel in a subway station on the Beijing Subway in Beijing, China in October 2014

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    Passengers exit a station on the Beijing Subway in Beijing, China in October 2014.

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    Commuters stand in front of one of the exits of the Beijing Railway Station, Beijing, China. October 2014.

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    Passengers ride the Beijing Subway in Beijing, China in October 2014.

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    Passengers, reflected in the window, ride the Beijing Subway in Beijing, China in October 2014.

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    Passengers ride the Beijing Subway in Beijing, China in October 2014.

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    A Beijing Subway train passes through the suburbs of Beijing, China in October 2014

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    Commuters stand in front of the Shaoyaoju station of the Beijing Subway. Beijing, China. October 2014.

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    Passengers enter a station on the Beijing Subway in Beijing, China in October 2014.

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Adam Dean

Adam Dean

"It's a real privilege to be able to witness and interpret history as it unfolds and share that interpretation with a wider world."

Adam Dean's work follows current affairs and breaking news internationally, with his predominant focus to witness and interpret history as it unfolds. Through his photography and multimedia projects, he looks to share this interpretation with the wider world. 

In addition to shoots for editorial clients that include The New Yorker, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Rolling Stone Magazine, Stern, Smithsonian magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine and The Telegraph Magazine, Adam's longer term projects include Afghanistan's war and the ongoing changes across Burma.

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