Until recently, the Chinese capital’s subway had to settle for 4th place, lagging behind London, Seoul and Shanghai. In the 2000s, Beijing's subway underwent rapid expansion. 13 of its 16 lines were built in the XXI century.
The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing served as an incentive, accelerating expansion plans.
By 2015, the number of Beijing subway lines will increase to 19. By this time, the total length of tracks is set to reach 561 kilometers, reports RBC.
Voice of Russia, RBC