Best Interactive Flash Shanghai Subway Map

I am very impressed with the Explore Shanghai subway map. It features:

– Instant English/Chinese language toggle
– Audio recordings of the station names (in Chinese)
– A color scheme matching Shanghai’s actual subway maps’
– Instant station locator dropdown menu
– Trippy “night mode”
– Move the map by dragging on an empty spot
– Get the fare and time estimate between any two stations by clicking on the starting point and dragging to the end point

That last feature is really killer. It even animates the path for you.

Anyway, check it out. (Flash required.)


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. I could have so used that when I was in Shanghai all those months ago. Thanks for posting it though. It’s pretty wicked.

  2. Okay that thing is totally awesome.
    (Which line runs into PuDong Airport again?)

  3. Oh, and did you notice the different litte ‘notes’ under the ‘exploring Shanghai’s subway’ title when it’s loading?
    The first one I got said something like, ‘cleaning up the spit’

  4. Pretty damn sweet.

  5. Night mode is definitely cooler.

  6. Night Mode :: Explore Shanghai as Chunky Salsa :: Sinosplice.

  7. Cool map! I wish they had something like that for Guangzhou. Heck, I would settle for a decent street map. 🙂

  8. wow, yeah, this is by far the best metro map for everyone!

  9. Very very cool

  10. maldives Says: April 27, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    did some of the stations do a name change?

    my company has a branch office there, and I recall the metro name to be Shimen No 1… which it looks like it is Nanjing now. And I thought People’s Park and People’s Square were different metro stops on different lines.

  11. yeah, that is nice. every city’s metro needs such a map, both online and perhaps on the electronic ticket machines themselves.

    @jason: unfortunately the subway doesn’t go to pudong airport (yet?) – you have to trek out to longyan lu on the green line, then pick up the maglev. why couldn’t shanghai city have just built an airport express from the city centre direct to the airport (such as the excellent ones in hong kong, and kuala lumpur)?

  12. Dottie Says: May 3, 2007 at 6:45 am

    I love it! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  13. West Coast Says: July 20, 2008 at 5:04 am

    Great map. Does anyone know if the end of line 5 – Min Hang Dev Zone – gets one close to the Qi Zhong tennis stadium where the Tennis Masters Cup is being held in November 2008? (and a men’s event will be held yearly starting in October 2009) And who do we complain to about the early Last Train times? 10PM? Shanghai is a major city – trains should run at least until midnight.

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