Line 2 (Beijing Subway)

Line 2 of the Beijing Subway is a rapid transit rail line in central Beijing that runs in a rectangular loop around the city centre. The line traces the Ming dynasty inner city wall, demolished and paved over by the 2nd Ring Road and Qianmen Avenue. Line 2, opened in 1984, is the second oldest and one of the busiest of Beijing's subway lines and the only one to serve the Beijing railway station. All 18 stations on the 23.1 km line are under ground. Ten of the 18 stations offer transfers to other lines. Line 2's color is blue; because Line 2 is a loop line with no true terminus, trains are identified as either running on the inner loop, going in the clockwise direction, or on the outer loop, going in the counter clockwise direction. However, trains returning to the Taipinghu Depot either terminate at Jishuitan; the first inner loop train departs Jishuitan at 5:03am. The first outer loop train departs Xizhimen at 5:09am; the last inner loop train leaves Jishuitan at 10:55pm. The last outer loop train leaves Xizhimen at 11:14pm.

For the official timetable, please see the Beijing Subway website. Line 2 encircles the old city center districts of Dongcheng and Xicheng and skirts the western edge of Chaoyang; the entire line runs underground. Eleven of Line 2's eighteen stations are named after city gates; these stations end in men, meaning gate. The following table lists Line 2 stations in the outer counter clockwise order. On September 20, 1984, the first section Line 2 opened between Jianguomen; the line was a 16.1 km long upside down "horseshoe" along the west and east 2nd Ring Road, with 12 stations. On December 28, 1987, the line was extended from the terminals of Fuxingmen and Jianguomen, connecting the line with the original section of Line 1 between Changchunjie and Beijing railway station; the completed line is 23 km long with 18 stations. Since January 2002, the line was renamed as "Line 2"; the rolling stock maintenance facility is located near Jishuitan station. Newly upgraded rolling stock produced by CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. Ltd. features air conditioning, LCD and LED passenger information display and dot matrix destination display.

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Riserva naturale orientata Parma Morta

The Natural Reserve Parma Morta is located in Emilia-Romagna in the commune of Mezzani, was established in 1990. Situated between the mouths of rivers Parma and Enza it includes a strip of territory of about 5 kilometres long and covers an area of 6,451 hectares along a wetland called Parma Morta. In this place flowed once the river Parma; until 1870, it flowed into the Enza, his course was diverted to flow directly into the river Po. The water stagnating here comes from Enza and go back along the inactive river branch up to half a mile from the today's course of Parma. To assure to the area a constant level of water necessary to maintain the ecosystem, was created a phytodepurating system that ensure a constant input of water from surrounding canals. Along the old river course are can be found plants like carex and other semi-aquatic plants, shrubs of Glossy Buckthorn, black alder and groves of elm, field maple and pedunculate oak. In the reserve grows some particular plants as the Summer Snowflake, the'Four Leaf Clover'.

The rarest one is the Utricularia vulgaris, a rootless aquatic carnivorous plant who capture small insects and in summer shows beautiful yellow flowers sprouting from water. This area gives shelter to many species of animals coming from the surrounding cultivated fields. Is an important refuge for amphibians and birds; the reserve is one of the six areas designated as Natura 2000 sites belonging to the project Life+ "Pianura Parmense" and is one of the last wetlands remained in a anthropized area. Project LIFE07 NAT/IT/000499 "Pianura Parmense" Factsheet filled with data from Natura 2000 data set World Database on Protected Areas