Changsha releases souvenir metro cards
The designs on the travel cards were sketched by local artists and feature the century-old Yuelu Academy in Changsha and Donglin Academy in Wuxi, Jiangsu province.
The launch ceremony for a set of souvenir metro travel cards is held in Changsha on April 23. [Photo by Yue Shan/news.changsha.cn]
The designs on the travel cards are sketched by local artists and feature the century-old Yuelu Academy in Changsha and Donglin Academy in Wuxi, Jiangsu province. [Photo by Yue Shan/news.changsha.cn]
A total of 880 of 2,000 of the cards have been released so far, on sale for 70 yuan ($10.2) at Wuyi Square metro station.
A staff member of Changsha Metro presents a souvenir travel card released in Changsha. [Photo by Yue Shan/news.changsha.cn]
Collecting commemorative travel cards has become quite popular in cities such as Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou, in recent times, creating a market which pushes up their value greatly.
Chen Jianzhong, a Changsha resident and enthusiastic travel card collector, shows his five sets of metro cards, April 23. [Photo by Yue Shan/news.changsha.cn]
Yue Bing, a member of Changsha Collectors Association said the well-designed cards have a strong cultural feeling and should appreciate in value.
Yue has collected many travel cards and newspaper clippings covering Changsha metro. "I want to witness and record the development of Changsha metro and the dynamic city," Yue said.