[Podcast] From state secret to city staple: China opens its first subway


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A construction site of the Beijing metro. Image from 12371.cn.

Subways have become a dime a dozen in 21st century Chinese cities, another box the country can tick off on its list of modernizations. But China’s first public subway was a disruptive challenge, both a state secret and urban leveler.

Click here to read the article by James Carter.

Narrated by Elyse Ribbons.

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