The final trip on Thursday was behind schedule, mainly because a great number of people missed the subway at the first station (China International Exhibition Center), but after our group reformed we moved quickly and responsibly, and didn’t split up on purpose. The only time we purposely split up into different groups was when the subway was slightly packed, so the groups were spread out to ensure that not only one area was really crowded with people.
This is our schedule:
- Bus Drive: ISB to China International Exhibition Center – 9:00 am on subway
- Line 15: China International Exhibition Center to Olympic Green (Bird’s Nest). 5 RMB – Arrive at 9:30 am
- Line 8: Olympic Green to Olympic Sports Center (Tennis). 3 RMB – Arrive at 10:00 am
- Line 8: Olympic Sports Center to GuLouDaJie. Change to Line 2: GuLouDaJie to YongHeGong (Lama Temple). 4 RMB – Arrive at 10:30 am
- Line 2: YongHeGong to DongSiShiTiao (Football). 3 RMB – Arrive at 10:50 am
- Line 2: DongSiShiTiao to ChaoYangMen. Change to Line 6: ChaoYangMen to QingNianLu (Joy City). 4 RMB – Arrive at 12:20 pm
- Line 6: QingNianLu to JinTaiLu. Change to Line 14: JinTaiLu to WangJing. Change to Line 15: WangJing to China International Exhibition Center. 6 RMB – Arrive at 1:10 pm
- Bus Drive: China International Exhibition Center to ISB – 1:10 pm on bus
A challenge we encountered was reforming our group, because of the incident at the China International Exhibition Center. My group decided we would stop at the next station, SunHe, to meet up with the people who were left behind. However, it was then that we read the WeChat messages of the rest of our group saying that we should meet up at Olympic Green, so we got back on the next subway that came to SunHe and went straight to Olympic Green. Another challenge we encountered was time management. Since we were falling behind schedule, and couldn’t get back on schedule at Olympic Green or the Olympic Sports Center, we had to take going to DongSiShiTiao (the football place) off our schedule so that we wouldn’t be late for the bus. Time management is also a skill I developed.
While on the subway going to YongHeGong Lama Temple, I recorded the amount of time it took to get to the next stop and how long it took for people to get on before the doors closed. I recorded around 1 minute and 30 seconds for the time it took to get to the next stop, and around 30 seconds for the amount of time it took for people to get on the subway. While we were waiting for people to get food and drinks around a few minutes before 2:00 pm, in Joy City, I counted the amount of stops and intersections we had to get to the China International Exhibition Center from QingNianLu. I counted 12 stops and two intersections, and because one stop would be around two minutes, and an intersection would be about five minutes, I realised it would take around 34 minutes to get to the China International Exhibition Center from QingNianLu, without organising tickets or getting on the bus. Since organising tickets takes around 10 minutes, I suggested we leave at 2:00 pm at the latest to give us extra time just in case someone gets left behind or some other incident happens. However, we ended up leaving Joy City a few minutes after 2:00 pm, and got on the bus a few minutes after 3:00 pm. This is how I realised how I could manage my time on subways, or in real life.
The amount of time it takes to get to one stop to another: 1:30 seconds
The amount of time for people to get on the subway: 30 seconds
1:30 and 30 seconds makes 2 minutes
One stop: 2 minutes
During this trip, I enjoyed seeing all the places we visited (especially the attractions) and facing the challenge of sticking together as a group on one of the busiest subway systems in the world, while following a schedule. I also enjoyed developing my skills for time management, and experiencing what it is like on the subway during rush hours.