Line 4 (Shenzhen Metro)

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Line 4
SZMetro Shangmeilin.jpg
MTR-designed Shangmeilin Station
Other name(s) Longhua line
(龙华线; 龍華線; Lónghuá xiàn; Lung4 Waa4 Sin3)
Type Rapid transit
System Shenzhen Metro
Status Operational
Locale Shenzhen, China
Termini Futian Checkpoint
Stations 15
Services 1
Opened Phase 1: 28 December 2004
Phase 2: 16 June 2011
Operator(s) MTR Corporation (Shenzhen)
Character Underground
Rolling stock CSR Nanjing Puzhen Type A Metro Rolling Stock (traction: ABB IGBT-VVVF Inverters with ABB Modular AC Traction Motors [1])
Line length 19.96 km (12.40 mi)
Number of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Route map

Line 4 (simplified Chinese: 四号线; traditional Chinese: 四號線; pinyin: Sìhào Xiàn; Jyutping: Sei3 Hou6 Sin3), of the Shenzhen Metro runs South–North from Futian Checkpoint to Qinghu. The line serves Futian District and the eastern part of Bao'an District (in particular, Longhua Subdistrict) of Shenzhen.

The line originally used 4-car trains, making it extremely crowded[2] although it still carried over 250,000 people daily[3] peaking at 516,100 on 5 May 2014.[4] Stations feature electronic passenger information systems which display estimated train arrival times.

When the second phase of the line opened in 2011, there were only eight trains which were completely unable to meet passenger demand. By 2012, 24 trains were in service. On 26 January 2014, the first 6-car train entered service, and as of 30 January 2015 all trains are 6 cars; 2 months earlier than planned.

The line is currently coloured red, although it was originally coloured blue until 1 July 2010.

Operation by MTR[edit]

Line 4's operation and management was handed over to MTR Corporation (Shenzhen), a subsidiary of MTR Corporation on 1 July 2010 (for 30 years, until 2040) under a BOT basis. Upon MTR's takeover, elements of the existing stations were modified to match MTR Hong Kong's styles, such as changing of lighting, station maps and signs, posters and the introduction of station art similar to those found on MTR's Hong Kong stations.[5] English station names were also modified (i.e. 'Futiankouan' changed to 'Futian Checkpoint') for easier recognition, and staff uniform and help desks were also changed to match the styles seen in Hong Kong's MTR.

The English font type and tickets remain unchanged.

MTR Fare Saver[edit]

An MTR Fare Saver kiosk is available in Futian Checkpoint. Passengers with the Hong Kong Octopus Card can utilize the kiosk and receive a $3 discount on the subsequent trip from Lok Ma Chau on MTR Hong Kong's East Rail Line.


Segment Date opened Length
Fumin — Children's Palace 28 December 2004 3.379 km (2.10 mi)
Futian Checkpoint — Fumin 28 June 2007 1.100 km (0.68 mi)
Children's Palace — Qinghu 16 June 2011 15.481 km (9.62 mi)

Service routes[edit]

  • Futian CheckpointQinghu
  • Several extra train services are provided departing from different stations during peak hours.


Station name Connections Nearby bus stops Distance
English Chinese
Futian Checkpoint 福田口岸 (MTR Corporation icon.svg      via LMC [thru border check]) 0.00 0.00 Futian
Fumin 福民  7   10  1.10 1.10
Convention and Exhibition Center 会展中心  1  1.35 2.45
Civic Center 市民中心  2  0.80 3.25
Children's Palace 少年宮  3  0.70 3.95
Lianhua North 莲花北 1.30 5.25
Shangmeilin 上梅林  9  1.20 6.45
Minle 民乐 2.95 9.40 Longhua
Baishilong 白石龙 1.05 10.45
Shenzhen North 深圳北站  5   6  Shenzhen North railway station IOQ 1.60 12.05
Hongshan 红山  6  No bus stop nearby 1.45 13.50
Shangtang 上塘 2.00 15.50
Longsheng 龙胜 1.05 16.55
Longhua 龙华 1.30 17.85
Qinghu 清湖 Shenzhen Tram Longhua Tram 2.10 19.95
Qinghu North 清湖北
Zhucun 竹村
Xikeng 茜坑
Changhu 长湖
Guanlan 观澜
Songyuanxia 松元厦
Mission Hills 观澜湖 Shenzhen Tram Longhua Tram
Niuhu 牛湖

The section between Qinghu North and Niuhu is under construction and is planned to open in 2020.

Rolling Stock[edit]

Type Date of manufacture Series Sets Serial number Assembly Notes
Type A 2010 - 2012 A-size stock 28 401-428 Tc+Mp+T+M+Mp+Tc Manufactured by Nanjing Puzhen Rolling Stock Works