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Old March 23rd, 2014, 03:17 PM   #481
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Kunming is far away from Cambodia.
Kunming is about as far away from Cambodia as it is from Guilin.
The only thing wrong with Guilin station is they are still building it. Guilin is to be a major interchange between the Changsha-Nanning line and Guiyang-Guangzhou line, with crossovers and backing loops like Coney Island. There were some photos on the HSR thread a while back.
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Old March 23rd, 2014, 09:01 PM   #482
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Kunming is about as far away from Cambodia as it is from Guilin.
The only thing wrong with Guilin station is they are still building it. Guilin is to be a major interchange between the Changsha-Nanning line and Guiyang-Guangzhou line, with crossovers and backing loops like Coney Island. There were some photos on the HSR thread a while back.
Guilin is such an important city for tourism in China, is known not only probably by every single Chinese person, but also for many foreigners, what is strange about it that it feels like it's left far behind Nanning and Liuzhou in Guangxi province in terms of investment.. Personally, I don't know A single project (apart new railway station) happening in Guilin at the moment
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Old March 25th, 2014, 07:36 PM   #483
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Station Security: I've just been to Haikou station (the "old" "mainline" station on the sunny peaceful island of Hainan) to buy some tickets. The presence of a small platoon of armed troops on the concourse giving the hairy eyeball to all arriving for the morning boat train persuaded me it might be a good idea not to take a photograph. They did a tour right thru the station buildings while I was there. After the train left they were replaced by riot police with kung-fu sticks.
Speaking of Hainan Province (i'm planning a trip there this summer), any news on when exactly the HSR Hainan Western ring section to Sanya Airport will be open?
I heard some people say end of 2014, but some also report it being good to go in a couple months from now
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Old March 25th, 2014, 08:00 PM   #484
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Speaking of Hainan Province (i'm planning a trip there this summer), any news on when exactly the HSR Hainan Western ring section to Sanya Airport will be open?
I heard some people say end of 2014, but some also report it being good to go in a couple months from now
2014? It should be end of 2015.

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Old March 26th, 2014, 11:43 AM   #485
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NEW Shenyang South rail station

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Old March 29th, 2014, 01:56 AM   #486
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Suzhou Railway Station / 苏州火车站

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Old March 29th, 2014, 03:30 AM   #487
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It looks very early 1990s, and even more retro when You find Yourself in it.
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Old April 3rd, 2014, 08:33 AM   #488
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Does this station look like an airport? Well, possibly it does look a bit like the Haikou airport.


No, the taxi didn't drive into the picture, he just decided to park there in my best view between the buses.



Chinese tourists taking photos of each other.


The central courtyard mimics Sanya's "End of the Earth".


Looking backwards up the exit hall to a rake of oil wagons.
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You'll have to take my word for it, but on the other side of that is a CRH2 waiting to take D7317 to Sanya. These four EMUs a day will keep coming out to the old Haikou west station until the HSR line is finished through Maoming to the channel port, -and- somebody finds a way to safely and quickly break a CRH2 into 4 coach lengths, and remake it again when it comes off the ferry.
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Old April 3rd, 2014, 10:55 AM   #489
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You'll have to take my word for it, but on the other side of that is a CRH2 waiting to take D7317 to Sanya. These four EMUs a day will keep coming out to the old Haikou west station until the HSR line is finished through Maoming to the channel port, -and- somebody finds a way to safely and quickly break a CRH2 into 4 coach lengths, and remake it again when it comes off the ferry.
Is anybody building 4 car trainsets, or 8 car ferries?
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Is anybody building 4 car trainsets, or 8 car ferries?
One thing which I notice is that you rarely see anybody holding hands in pictures of daily life in China. Is China, like India, a little conservative about public displays of affection? In India for example, even married couples refrain from showing affection towards each other. Is it the same there? This is OT but just struck me.
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One thing which I notice is that you rarely see anybody holding hands in pictures of daily life in China. Is China, like India, a little conservative about public displays of affection? In India for example, even married couples refrain from showing affection towards each other. Is it the same there? This is OT but just struck me.
From my experiences in China...

Young people will tend to hold hands and be very affectionate in public. Especially on the metro lol...
Not so much older/middle aged people. The reasons for this are quite self explanatory I'm sure.
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Old April 3rd, 2014, 04:11 PM   #492
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From my experiences in China...

Young people will tend to hold hands and be very affectionate in public. Especially on the metro lol...
Not so much older/middle aged people. The reasons for this are quite self explanatory I'm sure.
I've seen too much of that on my daily ride to work. Maybe there should put up a sign next to "No Smoking" ...

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Does this station look like an airport? Well, possibly it does look a bit like the Haikou airport.
I remember there's a rail stop in Haikou Airport.

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Old April 3rd, 2014, 10:34 PM   #493
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I remember there's a rail stop in Haikou Airport.
That would be Meilan railway station.
Sanya Airport should be connected to the high speed rail network sometime this year as well: http://news.huochepiao.com/2012-12/2012121315190542.htm
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I was taking G1232 Shanghai-Shenyang yesterday. Hongqiao station was so crowded (even before 7AM Saturday) that it took me 20 minutes to pass security check. I will post some pictures when I get back to Shanghai.
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I was taking G1232 Shanghai-Shenyang yesterday. Hongqiao station was so crowded (even before 7AM Saturday) that it took me 20 minutes to pass security check. I will post some pictures when I get back to Shanghai.
Please do!

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.
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maybe partly because this is a long weekend. Compared to 2 years ago there are now more HSRs routes starting from Hongqiao Station, i.e. Shanghai to Northeastern cities (Shenyang, Dalian, Harbin etc) and Shanghai to South (Ningbo, Shenzhen, Xiamen etc), which contributes to a more crowded Hongqiao Station.

There will be more HSR routes using this station in a couple of years so it has to be able to hold more people. I believe there are rooms to improve in terms of passenger traffic control. Hope it doesn't sacrifice too much of passenger boarding time.
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From my experiences in China...

Young people will tend to hold hands and be very affectionate in public. Especially on the metro lol...
Not so much older/middle aged people. The reasons for this are quite self explanatory I'm sure.
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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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.
You should come to China to see it. I'm sure kix111 has enjoyed lots of that

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Please do!

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






down to platform


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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