China Opens Panda-Themed Subway Train to Delight Commuters
The new train was created to attract riders to the Chengdu Panda Base
What’s black, white and ridden all over? China’s new panda-themed subway train.
On Sunday morning, the train and the equally adorable panda-filled station at Chengdu Panda Base were opened to the public, reports Atlas Obscura. The new line was created to attract tourists to the panda base by offering easy access to the facility on the cutest public transportation around.
The outside of the train is covered in cartoons of the beloved bear species, which extends inside the train as well. The interior of the cars are filled with the bear necessities including, panda-head handles, paw prints on the floor, bamboo poles and seats shaped to make it seem you are sitting right in the lap of one of these precious animals. To add to the playful nature of the train, all of the overhead announcements are delivered in a child’s voice.
The cuddly new line makes 17 stops. Along with the Chengdu Panda Base, the train also stops at several zoos and municipal locations — meaning some workers’ commutes just got beary cute. To celebrate the inaugural ride, two people dressed in giant panda costumes joined commuters for the trip.
Does this mean we can expect a rat-themed line in New York soon? Paws crossed.