The vast departure waiting area at the Hongqiao Railway Station, Shanghai which covers over 10,000sq metres. The station is only served by G (long distance high speed) and D (intercity high speed) class trains. It has 30 platforms and passengers are normally given access to their platform 15 minutes before departure time although sometimes a slightly longer boarding period is given. In common with all larger Chinese stations, departure and arrivals areas are separate to ensure maximum efficiency in handling the very large numbers of passengers and effective crowd control. The platforms are beneath the departure area and the arrivals area, which mirrors the size of the departure area albeit with a lower roof, is beneath that. Beneath the arrivals level Hongqiao is served by Shanghai Metro lines 2,10 and 17 in a 6 platform station. In addition the station is part of the larger integrated Hongqiao transportation hub which also comprises the adjacent and connected Hongqiao International Airport. The station covers a total area of about 1.3 million square metres and also remarkably contains 61,000 square metres of solar panels generating about 6.68 MW of electricity. 05.04.18.

Location: Hongqiao

Company: China Railways

Photographer: Mark Poustie

Make contact: Mark Poustie

Date: 05/04/2018

Image number: 65857