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Old April 7th, 2014, 01:52 PM   #381
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What I heard is even in nightclubs in China, you don't have the kind of explicit and bump and grind dancing so common in the USA or Europe.
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I was in Hongqiao once (that was almost two years ago) and that wasn't peak time. I was surprised how busy it was back then. It's clearly going to have capacity issues very soon if it doesn't yet. I wonder if planners kept it in mind? Or are there plans to expand it (and other stations)? It would be bad if a brand new rail system with brand new stations would start running into capacity constraints just a few years after it was opened.

Or perhaps they would change the system of how poeple are moving in the station i.e. airport style security checks which create additional obstacles for people to move around the station seamlesly.
here are some pictures I took on Saturday.

this is 7am Saturday morning


crowd up from ground and metro levels




fast food store crowd






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my train


trains on other platforms


on the left its G1232 Shanghai-Shenyang, on the right its G7186 Shanghai-Huainan East, both are new routes opened not long ago
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Old April 7th, 2014, 02:52 PM   #382
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The high speed rail in China is amazing, similar to that in Japan, just bigger. I ride one last year, from Beijing to shanghai, and in japan from tokyo to kyoto. was an amazing experience i will never forget. great going. i just hope our government here in the U.K will implement the high speed rail they have been discussing for a while now.
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Old April 8th, 2014, 01:45 AM   #383
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Those security queues though
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Old April 10th, 2014, 11:23 AM   #384
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here are some pictures I took on Saturday.

this is 7am Saturday morning
So is that two scanners for the whole station?
Even Hangzhou East has a scanner at each of the four entrances. Which breaks that comparison, somebody said these places were like airports. Airports I've been at have parallel rows of scanners to avoid delays. I'm going thru Shenzhen North tomorrow, I'll have a look how many I can see.
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Old April 10th, 2014, 02:54 PM   #385
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So is that two scanners for the whole station?
Even Hangzhou East has a scanner at each of the four entrances. Which breaks that comparison, somebody said these places were like airports. Airports I've been at have parallel rows of scanners to avoid delays. I'm going thru Shenzhen North tomorrow, I'll have a look how many I can see.
There are more scanners than those in pictures. You can see 3 in the picture, there are another 3 not far from it at the other side. All together there are 6 at this end. There are another 6 at the far end.

There are a couple of more on the side of the hall for tax/bus/private car passengers. But you can see more people are using the gates at the two ends since they are closer to subway and airport path.
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Old April 11th, 2014, 03:25 AM   #386
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Shenzhen nth 8.20 am Friday has five machines at the A, east, city and Metro end, only four in use but no real queues or delay. At the B or west end are three machines, only one in use for the few pax, another checking small freight and parcels.
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Old April 12th, 2014, 04:47 AM   #387
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About these big new HSR stations that look like airports:
Huge, clean, polished, hundreds (well, lots) of boarding gates, and when you get thru security you're trapped in a space with lots of bright shiny kiosks selling expensive handbags, rental cars, iced cupcakes, no real man's food here (or noodle pots); you want to eat, the eateries are all hidden from view on a mezzanine floor, and all big chain franchises that guarantee the right class of stainless steel and formica. Looks like - check.

In Shenzhen North waiting area all you can hear is the claxons of departing trains, and the continual, only partly intelligible announcements on the PA.
Hangzhou East train platforms is a floor within the building. From the arrivals and transfer to subway floor under the rails, and on the two floors above, you can hear the G trains leaving, screaming like big jets, and when they arrive with the brakes on it sounds like a big jet landing with the rumble of reverse thrusters. Sounds like - check.

One complaint has been they are way out in the country. Not the two I mentioned, they are only five Metro stops from downtown (if there is such a thing in a Chinese city). But there has been for both these two, (and maybe others as well, p'raps somebody could compare) an artificial countryside created. For a kilometer radius around ground zero is a blast zone with no civilized life, just a park with an army of red-arm-banded whistle-blowers to keep you off the grass. No 面当, no 客房, no jostling, shouting, spitting crowds of locals. Splendid isolation - check.
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Old April 12th, 2014, 05:24 AM   #388
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Unfortunately true. Going to a new train station is like going to a shopping mall. I really don't see who would shop for fancy overpriced wallets, shoes or whatever those sparkly stores at the boarding gates sell. If You want to eat, the only thing You're left with is junk food or some also overpriced Chinese franchise restaurant. Water, juice, tissues or anything else that You might need while waiting or on the train costs double, and sometimes even more than that.
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Old April 12th, 2014, 06:57 AM   #389
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Shanghai Hongqiao Station is not that bad on this aspect. Yes there are many costly brand stores but the goods in convenient stores are not expensive.

As for food there are plenty of junk food and I had complained a lot about not having a decent restaurant in thevstation with lager beer served. But considering this is a new facility in a developing country I'm not complaining any more.

I am a last minutes shopper. The gift/local food shops are not that bad either. Most often I buy some packed Shanghai snacks as gifts to parents/friends and grab some KFC chickens to the train as meal ( I don't like HSR train food even they serve dumplings now )
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Old April 14th, 2014, 10:51 AM   #390
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Jinan West Station

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Old April 15th, 2014, 10:33 AM   #391
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Guangzhou South Railway Station / 广州火车南站



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Old April 15th, 2014, 10:36 AM   #392
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Old April 15th, 2014, 10:41 AM   #393
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Harbin West Railway Station / 哈尔滨西站



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Wuhan Hankou Railway Station / 武汉 汉口火车站



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I was in Guangzhou South in 2010 and I'll be going back this summer. I can't wait to see the difference. Last time I was there, there was a lot of construction works going on for the Asian Games.
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