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[Photos] Brand New Train Station Roof in Hebei “Leaks Like a Waterfall”

Posted: 08/29/2014 2:27 pm

shijiazhuang train station leaky roof 01Chinese modern architecture can be counted upon to be grand, austere, and usually resembling some kind of kitchen utensil. And if the brand-new Shijiazhuang Railway Station is an indication of a trend, Chinese buildings are also built to be leaky.

READ: Shenzhen’s brand new airport already leaking

In the case of the Shijiazhuang Railway Station, “leaky” may not quite capture what is happening. Netizens posted pictures last night showing a torrent of water spraying from the railway station ceiling, covering a large section of the passenger hall.

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To be fair, a record rainfall hit Shijiazhuang at that time. The rain was so severe it flooded roads and delayed flights and trains. And yet, if you were a resident of the capitial of Hebei that night, you wouldn’t be able to find shelter from the storm at its brand new train station.

Here are some more pictures:

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Instilling a respect for the natural environment, the leaky Shijiazhuang Railway Station has inspired a hashtag on Weibo named after the Water Curtain Cave in Shanxi Province. While it appears to be an appropriate enough name, the visual similarities are there as well.

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Photos: Dongguan Times, Sina Hebei, 761


New Xinjiang Train Station Destroyed By Massive Blaze Just Before Official Opening

Posted: 08/22/2014 2:28 pm

xinjiang railway station fire kumulA train station in Xinjiang that cost RMB 160 million to build has caught on fire just weeks before it was to be finished. The main hall of the Kumul train station caught on fire at around 5:19pm on August 21, reports Sina News, sending plumes of smoke into the sky.

The fire was brought under control by firefighters by 6pm. No injuries were reported.

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The fire was apparently an accident. Construction workers accidentally ignited a layer of insulation in the walls, which spread quickly. It grew to about 600 square meters in size. The cost of the fire has yet to be determined.

xinjiang railway station fire kumul

Built by the Chinese Railroad No. 12 Department, the Kumul Railway Station was to be the second-largest train station in Xinjiang. Set to be completed by the end of this month, the station was to become operational by the end of the year by providing passengers with high-speed rail service.

Construction on the Kumul Railway Station began in 2012 with the main structure completed in October 2013. The facility featured a total space of 99.97 million square meters and cost RMB 160 million.

The development of transportation infrastructure in Xinjiang is indicative of the area’s double-digit growth rate, but hasn’t alleviated the area’s growing ethnic tensions between Han Chinese and the Uighur minority. Transportation hubs such as train stations have been targeted in bomb and knife attacks that have killed dozens of people.

Reza Hasmath, an expert on Chinese politics at the University of Oxford, has said  “Infrastructure-based development has not been successful in improving meaningful interactions between Hans and Uighurs.”

Here is a video of the fire:

Photos: People’s Daily


Tests have begun on Shenzhen-Beijing high-speed rail, will cut travel time to 9 hours

Posted: 11/21/2012 9:14 am

The South China Morning Post reports this morning (behind a paywall) that trains are being tested on the final section of the Shenzhen-Beijing high-speed rail route, which could signal the route will open in the coming weeks.  It’s expected a test of the entire line will begin on December 20.

Passengers are currently able to travel from Shenzhen to Guangzhou, and on to Wuhan on high-speed rail.  The sections that still need to be completed are Wuhan to Shijiazhuang (part of this route, from Wuhan to Zhengzhou, is already complete), and Shijiazhuang to Beijing.

Planning experts said the new railway would boost economic development by linking the Bohai Rim economic development area in the northeast, the central plains’ economic zones, the Wuhan metropolis cluster and the Pearl River Delta, the 21st Century Business Herald said.

It would also integrate manpower, capital flow and logistics over a much wider area.

The ticket price from Guangzhou to Beijing is expected to be about RMB1,000, which is much cheaper than a comparable air ticket.  The story notes airlines have already begun to fret, as despite longer travel times, trains offer much more flexibility (dining cars, on board 3G) and are generally seen to be more comfortable.

The new high-speed rail will cut train travel times from Shenzhen to Beijing from 24 hours to only 9 hours.  While this is excellent news, the PRD might soon become inundated with northerners looking for some of our sunshine.



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