Finding direction (the spatial kind, not direction in life), comes easy to some while others cannot find their way back home if they miss a turn. I usually have a great sense of direction and spatial awareness. However, one situation in which I end up losing my sense of direction is after getting off an underground metro; the numerous turns you take to get into the station, then the entry booths, then the elevators and finally the platforms!
Most stations do give exit directions, but I still found myself ending up unsure about which exit to take.
In Guangzhou, I have been able to navigate my exit out of the metro more easily than ever. The difference, Guangzhou Metro exits are labelled.
Now, I haven’t been to a lot many cities and I am sure other cities have these, but this is something I noticed to be different here, which is making my travel experience better.
The metro stations have boards which list out the various exits and what places are accessible from each exit.
The bus routes accessible from each of the exits are also listed, making transfers easy.
The metro stations also have a 3D map of the station, showing the exits.
The exits are also integrated into Baidu Maps (which is equivalent to Google Maps). This way, you can pre-plan which exit to take at the metro station.
These exits make giving directions easy.
It is easier to meet friends at the metro. One just needs to specify the exit.
The exits are labelled at the entrances too, so you can meet outside a specific exit.
Small elements that make a big difference in experience!