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The fast and the well-fixed in Guangzhou’s museums

2017-May-18       Source: Newsgd.com

How long have you been staying in Guangzhou? Do you know there is a place where you can see all kinds of banknotes in Guangzhou? Do you know there is a place full of gold and silver in Guangzhou?

Guangzhou Metro Museum

Play games to experience how the metro is operated

Do you know what happens after the last metro train finishes its shift every day? After work, where do the trains park? What is a shield tunneling machine? You can find the answers to these questions at Guangzhou Metro Museum.

Guangzhou Metro Museum opened its doors to the public last December, revealing splendid views and fantastic stories of the city’s metro system. It covers about 4,400 square meters, with 3600-square-meter exhibition area. It is the first metro museum in south China and the second one in China.

The exhibition area is located on three floors. The basement floor shows the geological condition in Guangzhou and the construction process of Guangzhou Metro. The first floor displays the development history of rail transit and Guangzhou metro. Between the basement and first floors, a shield tunneling machine of one-to-one scale is inlaid. Visitors can go into the machine to play games or watch videos to find out how the machine works.

The second floor is experience area for metro operation safety. Visitors can learn about the development history of Guangzhou metro through VR devices. Once you wear the VR helmet, you will find yourself in a time gallery, walking through the development of Line one to Line 13.

At this floor, there is a high-quality metro train model of dozens of meters long with four carriages. The first carriage is a simulated cab where participants can experience how to operate and stop the metro train.

In the second carriage, participants can slide the screen on the wall to scan the train body, so as to learn about how the train runs.

In the third carriage, visitors can get to know about the metro signal system, play the part of metro signal engineer, and learn to write signal system instruction to make sure the train arrives at the terminal safely.

The fourth carriage is an emergency exercise site where participants can learn how to cope with emergency and save oneself.

On the second floor, visitors can also find a “metro staff role play” area for children. They can also make emoji images.

There is a shopping mall next to the museum where you can find clothing stores, IMAX cinemas, supermarkets and restaurants. Before or after visiting the museum, you can go to the shopping mall for entertainment and receive discounts as well.

Admission: Free. On-line reservation is needed. Please follow the official WeChat account of Guangzhou Metro Museum (广州地铁博物馆) and make a reservation.

Add.: Tower C, Podium, Wansheng Square, No. 1228 Xingang East Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou (广州市海珠区新港东路1228号万胜广场C塔裙楼)

Opening hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesday to Friday (tickets won’t be distributed after 3:00 pm); 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday ((tickets won’t be distributed after 4:00 pm)

Nearby metro station: Exit A, Wanshengwei Station, Line 4 or 8

(By Monica)

Editor: Monica Liu

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