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The best subway stations of Asia and Russia

How many stations must we pass on our daily commute? Whilst some aren't really worth a second look, if you're heading to any of these areas, make sure to check out the wonderful and varying architecture of each station.

Avtovo Station, St. Petersburg, Russia

If it's grandeur you want to see, check out the stunning subway stations of St. Petersburg. The Avtovo Station on the Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya Line of the metro was designed by Yevgenii Levinson and opened in November 1955. Its opulent design is completed with columns faced with glass and marble. All the walls are also faced with white marble and there is a mosaic, which was installed to commemorate the Leningrad Blockade during WWII. Even the entrance is grand, looking more like the doors to a museum than a metro station.

Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

Colour is the order of the day when it comes to Kaohsiung City station in Taiwan. The beautiful interior of this vibrant station was created by artist Narcissus Quagliata and is a rainbow of colours, all made from individual pieces of coloured glass. Dubbed 'The Dome Of Light', this station has become a tourist attraction in its own right. There are also light shows throughout the day and the station is right near the famous Liuhe Night Market.

Caojiawan subway station, Chongqing, China

If you're looking for the China subway experience without having to face crowds of hundreds of people, why not take a visit to the Caojiawan subway station. From first glance, this station - which is on the Chongqing Metro's Line 6 - looks abandoned but construction was only finished in 2015.

There are three exits at the station but only one is used, with the other two looking like they were made non-operational years ago. The two unused exits are overgrown with flowers and weeds whilst the main exit comes out onto barren wasteland. Commuters must then use a van service to bring them to an interchange where they can carry on with their journey. However, when you go underground into the station, the interior couldn't be more modern. There are perfectly polished floors, ticket offices and even airport-style security to scan your bags before you enter the train.

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