Line 10, the metro line with big potential but frustratingly limited operating hours has at last blossomed into an almost fully functioning part of the Shanghai metro system, extending its hours from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. since July 3. Although the evening schedule leaves a bit to be desired (about 3 hours I'd say), its great news for anyone who's been dying to use the line to commute, and almost certainly a boon to cash-strapped students of Tongji and Jiaotong Universities.
Open since April 10, 2010 but only operating from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the line links up the west of Shanghai to the French Concession and the French Concession to the Bund and the north-west beyond, without having to muck about changing lines or dealing with the crowds at People's Square.
A stop at Tiantong Lu makes throwing themselves into the manic shopping frenzy of Qipu Lu a whole lot easier for budget fashionistas, depositing them literally into the basement of bargain shopping central. Taking the metro back may still not be an option though, laden down with the many, many bags and boxes of shoes a visit there usually entails.
For more upmarket shoppers, Xintiandi is now more accessible than ever, though if you can afford to shop there you've probably got a chauffeur driven car but tourists and Shanghairen alike will be pleased to have another option for travel and avoiding the horrendous evening queue for cabs. The stop at Yu Garden saves many a frustrated hour of wandering the warren of roads of the Old Town in search of a taxi, and Carrefour Gubei is now within metro-riding reach of downtown, with Shuicheng Lu station just 200m away.
All in all, good news and big thank you to ExploreShanghai and their Metropedia for being the most up to date metro resource in town!