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Not Again: Guy Pees On Shenzhen Metro Line 5

Posted: 05/30/2014 8:00 am

Almost two weeks after a man was caught answering nature’s call at Laojie MTR station in Shenzhen, another man riding on the Shenzhen Metro was filmed relieving himself inside a Line 5 subway carriage around midnight on May 27.

The man in red relieves himself inside a metro carriage

The 13-second video uploaded to Youku (now encrypted) was filmed by Mr Fan, a teacher at Shenzhen Tsinghua Middle School, who unfortunately witnessed the entire scene. Around 11pm, a man that appeared to be drunk and wearing a red T-shirt, a pair of black pants and a backpack, teetered and waddled to the last carriage of the train. To Mr Fan’s surprise, the guy did not find a seat and sit down in the empty carriage. Instead, he was seen standing close to the carriage’s door and going through the rituals that all guys are familiar with when nature calls.

This is however, not the first time ill-mannered commuters have been seen peeing or pooping on a metro station. In 2013, a high school student was seen sitting with his pants off on top of a trash can and pooping in the Guangzhou Metro.

Guangzhou recently introduced a bathroom-locator app for passengers who need to use public toilets. Perhaps, Shenzhen should consider introducing one too, the sooner the better. No one wants to read the next tragic headline: Man’s private parts caught by the metro door while peeing.


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Today’s head-scratcher: CNN names Guangzhou’s metro the best… in the world

Posted: 05/4/2012 6:15 pm

Is this the world's best?

We love CNNGo here at The Nanfang.  Since they launched a couple of years ago, they’ve been a great wealth of information on the markets they cover (such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc.)  We are even fans, despite the fact the founder of our friendly competitors works full-time for them.

But today’s article left us scratching our heads.  The CNNGo team decided to put together a list of the top 10 metro systems in the world, and while we haven’t been able to try all of them, we question its ranking of the number one metro: Guangzhou.

Make no mistake, Guangzhou has a convenient and relatively clean system.  It connects to most of the necessary city hot spots, like shopping malls and train stations.  But best… in the world?  We’re not even sure Guangzhou’s is the best in the PRD, with Hong Kong’s famed MTR right next door.  In fact, the MTR Corporation was a consultant on the Guangzhou metro project when it was under construction.  While the MTR is generally considered to be among the top in the world, it didn’t place anywhere on CNN’s list.

Here’s what CNN had to say about the Guangzhou Metro:

After failing five times in 30 years to create a metro system, Guangzhou’s first metro line was finally opened in 1997 and a second line was opened in 2002.

Infrastructure investment exploded in 2004 when the city won the 2010 Asian Games. In the ensuing six years, the council spent RMB 70 billion (US$11 billion) on the metro system.

For going from absolute-zero in 1992 to eight lines, 144 stations, 236 kilometers of track and 1.2 billion passengers in 2008, and for the upcoming 48-minute express-trip to Hong Kong (opening in 2015), Guangzhou gets top billing on this list.

Those are impressive numbers, no doubt.  We don’t necessarily quibble with the accolades given to the Guangzhou metro, just that it’s the best on the entire planet.

For what it’s worth, Tokyo and New York City round out the top three, while Singapore comes in at number nine.

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