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Old September 5th, 2013, 03:29 AM   #201
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Shenzhen North Railway Station

The last bit of my Shenzhen tour is from Shenzhen North Railway Station which is located about 8km to the North from Futian CBD and is connected to the city core by Longhua metro line. In addition there is Huanzhong metro line which is circling around the Northern part of the city. In the future at least one more metro line will be added to the station.

The station is designed by Shenzhen-based GL Studio and is quite an epic piece of architecture. I haven't been to all major new stations in China (only to Hongqiao and Guangzhou South besides the SZ North) but Shenzhen North looks like the most interesting and architecturally sophisticated of all. I know aesthetic side is not always the priority in large-scale transport infrastructure objects like this one but the poeple who designed this did a very good job by not only making it a great station to serve its purpose but also something that actually looks amazing.

Just to give a better idea to those who have not been following railway station construction in China over the past few years (i.e. when all of those ultra-modern massive stations were built) I quickly assembled a few satellite images from Google Earth which compare the biggest Chinese railway stations (including Shenzhen North) and in addition a few of the major European railway stations just to put it all into context. All pictures are captured using identical scale setting
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Leaving the metro and following the signs to the railway station
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Main entrance on the Eastern side
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Part of the East Square
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Old September 5th, 2013, 03:38 AM   #202
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Shenzhen North Railway Station

A shiny monument built in the Eastern Square. You may recognize some of the skyscrapers (including ones that are not even completed)
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Eastern Square
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That roof structure is enormous. Standing nearby really gives that 'omg this thing is f****ng huge' feeling
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Old September 5th, 2013, 03:41 AM   #203
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Shenzhen North Railway Station

Underground spaces below the Eastern Square
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My train ticket
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Going up to the Eastern Square near the station entrance. It looks like the enormous roof is just going to swallow me
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Old September 5th, 2013, 03:44 AM   #204
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Shenzhen North Railway Station

Quite a bit of engineering
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Some transport infrastructure nearby
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Crossing (and falling 5 meters below) not allowed
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Old September 5th, 2013, 03:47 AM   #205
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Shenzhen North Railway Station

Nearby streets and cars
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CRH3 train
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Electric police vehicle
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Old September 5th, 2013, 03:55 AM   #206
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Shenzhen North Railway Station

CRH380A train waiting at the platform
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Nearby area. The station is quite far from the central areas and just a few years ago could have been described as being 'in the middle of nowhere'. But it seems like the nearby area is undergoing a very heavy urban development into a dense residential and commercial district. If you scroll a few years back on Google Earth you'll see that there wasn't much there just a few years ago. Although this is not uncommon in the entire PRD region and, in fact, China as a whole. It may be rather shocking to see the pace and scale of urbanization that is taking place. One year there is nothing and two years later there are several billions of $ worth of stuff having been built
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Old September 6th, 2013, 12:32 AM   #208
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Shenzhen North Railway Station

Station roof seen from an elevated road nearby
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Elevated transport links. the nearest one carries Shenzhen Metro Longhua line. I'm not sure about the other one which is a dead end and goes nowhere for the moment. Perhaps it will be used by Guangming line?
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Shenzhen North Railway Station

CRH380A train
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Highrise apartments seemingly nearing completion or just completed. The area was empty a couple of years ago. Now the entire place is under development. You can see this very well in Google Earth by scrolling through the historical images just a couple of years back
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Old September 6th, 2013, 12:49 AM   #210
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Station West Square
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Train schedule and advertisement display near station entrance in the West Square
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Old September 6th, 2013, 04:04 PM   #211
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Wow the train station is insane!
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Old September 7th, 2013, 01:41 AM   #212
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West entrance seen from the inside
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Ceiling. It looks like the structure is floating without much support. Pretty amazing
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Old September 7th, 2013, 01:47 AM   #213
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Shenzhen North Railway Station

A couple more shots of the ceiling

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One big mistake I did was not having bought my ticked in advance. I was told by numerous people (including SSC ) that 'there are many trains between Shenzhen and Guangzhou and there is no need to buy ticket in advance'. That is if you don't mind spending another 4 hours hoping to get a seat in ANY class on any train. It was ok for me becauise I wasn't on a hurry and I wanted to explore the station a little bit but if you are on a tight schedule you MUST buy a ticked at least one day in advance
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Shenzhen North Railway Station

Train boarding has started. The train stations in China (at least the new big ones) work a bit like contemporary airports: there is baggage screening with x rays (although it doesn't look very serious), boarding gates, departure areas, arrival areas, tickets can only be purchased with passport/ID, etc. Of course everything with a considerably lower degree of security and screening compared to airports. The entire process though seems to be fairly speedy and efficient. I have read some discussions about the necessity of such a strict control system in train stations but I guess the government doesn't want to take any risks and prefers to be on the safe side once it comes to security, safety and efficiency of the system. There are good reasons for that and for the time being it seems like a good idea
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After passing the ticket gate the escalator takes us down to the platform where the train is already waiting
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The CRH3 train that will take us to Guangzhou South station in no time
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Old September 7th, 2013, 02:11 AM   #215
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View of the platforms
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2nd class seating. There is loads of legroom even for those who are tall like me
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The speed peaked at 306km/h
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Old September 7th, 2013, 02:20 AM   #216
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Shenzhen-Guangzhou on a train

Views on the way
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And a short video from the ride at a speed of 306km/h. What an epic feeling to ride such a train. What is no less exciting is seeing the surrounding areas. Every kilometer makes it evident of the extraordinary urbanization that has been taking place


This is all from Shenzhen this time. Thank you all who bothered to check it out and, especially those who actively participated.


I have already decided to go back to SZ next year to explore the city further
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The infrastructure is mind-blowing. So are the shots. Keep up the good work!
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Shenzhen's infrastructure and sheer size and vision is mind-boggling. In such a short amount of time to create such a megalopolis only the Chinese can do.

But it seriously lacks character and a sense of community. It's not 'human-scale' and inviting. No beauty either, a Le Corbusier nightmare come true some have called it. I hate to think that these are the cities we will all inherit in the not-too-distant future. These cities may 'work' for heavily populated Asia and their mentality but most Westerners will find them very hard to warm too. As a tourist they're interesting, even amazing, but to live in is another story...a horror story.
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Shenzhen's infrastructure and sheer size and vision is mind-boggling. In such a short amount of time to create such a megalopolis only the Chinese can do.
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But it seriously lacks character and a sense of community. It's not 'human-scale' and inviting. No beauty either, a Le Corbusier nightmare come true some have called it. I hate to think that these are the cities we will all inherit in the not-too-distant future. These cities may 'work' for heavily populated Asia and their mentality but most Westerners will find them very hard to warm too. As a tourist they're interesting, even amazing, but to live in is another story...a horror story.
I cannot disagree more. Every single statement you made here is simply not true. At least judging from my personal experience which by now is not that insignificant.

Oh yes, and I say that as someone who has actually lived in both worlds.

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Excellent......Thank you for sharing the images.
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