Metro Stations for Shopping, Leisure & Entertainment to Appear in City

Authors: Go Chengdu


Imagine what you will do when you are in a metro station here in Chengdu in the near future, which can offer you a colorful world of shopping, leisure and entertainment.
With the fast development of metro and high-speed train networks in China over the recent years, massive above-ground urban rail transit complexes are mushrooming in major Chinese cities, and Chengdu has thus ushered in an era of the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). "The TOD is an exciting fast growing trend in creating vibrant, livable, sustainable communities, and the creation of compact, walkable, pedestrian-oriented, mix--use communities centered around subway, light rail and arterial bus lines. Within a radius of 5- to 10-minute walk, a TOD development focuses on housing and jobs near transit, offering desirable place for people to live, work and play," said an official from the Chengdu Rail Transit Group Co., Ltd.
Chengdu is stepping up the construction of metro stations based upon the TOD concept. It draws on Hong Kong's "metro+real property" mode to realize the synergy of the local metro systems and real estate sector.
According to the city's latest planning for its rail transit and relevant infrastructure, 75 vehicle bases and 105 stations will be built as the first batch of pilot projects involving 13 local districts and counties. Currently, the first TOD project for a transfer station of metro lines 6 and 9 is under construction. With a total area of about 500,000 square meters, the massive complex will encompass a super high-rise office building, well-designed boutique shops and businesses, apartments for top talents and a five-star hotel, etc.

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