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Metro station's new name annoys some

A STATION yet to be opened on Metro Line 8 will be renamed after Zhonghua Art Palace, in line with the name-change of the China Pavilion at the adjacent World Expo Shanghai site.

The pavilion will reopened to the public on October 1 for the National Day Holiday, using the name of Zhonghua Art Palace.

The Metro station, which remained closed even years after Line 8 was put into service in 2007, is expected to start operation about the same time as the palace opens, according to the city's Metro operator.

It used to be named Zhoujiadu station.

However, some local residents said they preferred the previous name from a cultural perspective.

On Shanghai metrofans club, an online traffic forum, some commenters said Zhoujiadu represents many things to long-time residents. The online traffic forum solicits passengers' opinions.

The Chinese word du means dock or harbor, which in some locals' eyes stands for the home where they are born and raised.

One resident wrote to the mayor's mailbox in June, suggesting keeping the previous name. Local urban planning and land authorities responded that it is a better guide for the riders for the station to be named after a nearby landmark public building.

The name of Zhoujiadu will be preserved and protected in other ways, the government assured the locals.

Residents in the area often complain about the inconvenience of the limited access to the line because of the closed station.

The station soon to be opened is much closer to the pavilion than the current Line 8's Yaohua Road Station.


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