Construction for the train began in 2012, and test runs occurred from April 16 to July 16. During the train’s maiden trip, people donned panda costumes and celebrated along with the rest of the riders. As , Chengdu is further expanding its subway service (with five new lines slated to begin construction this year), which means we might be seeing even more adorable themes in the city's upcoming public transit projects.
Children pose for photos with workers wearing panda costumes on a subway train themed on panda of subway Line 3 in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, July 31, 2016. The first phase project of Chengdu's subway Line 3 began its trial operation on Sunday. A subway train themed on panda was put into use on the line. (Photo/Xinhua)
Jordan has certainly become a fan favorite with viewers and attendees. His fun-loving spirit and impromptu musical performances draw fans to his table. (Well, that and wearing a panda costume while catching popcorn in his mouth!)
The train's inaugural trip along the 17 stops on its line was celebrated with people in panda costumes mingling with the riders. In addition to the Panda Base, the train drops off at the local zoo and makes a number of municipal stops. For anyone that has had to make the morning commute in a dreary, factory-issue subway, the panda train might look like just the thing to brighten your day. Or make it worse.
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