Record-setting high-speed rail station coming to Great Wall
CHINA will build the world's deepest and largest high-speed railway station at a popular section of the country's Great Wall, as part of its preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympics, the state media reported yesterday.
The station will be at Badaling, the most-visited section of the Great Wall which lies about 80km north-west of Beijing.
The site received 30,000 tourists in just one day during the Chinese New Year holiday week, according to the China National Tourism Administration.
"The Badaling station will be located 102m below the surface, with an underground construction area of 36,000 sq m, equal to five standard soccer fields, making it the deepest and largest high-speed railway station in the world," Chen Bin, director in charge of construction for China Railway No 5 Engineering Group, told the People's Daily newspaper.
The station will sit along a railway network that will link the cities of Beijing and Zhangjiakou, which will host the Winter Olympics.