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Futian high-speed railway station has opened in Shenzen, China, making it Asia’s largest underground railway station.

Operated by Guangzhou Railway Corporation, Futian station is the second largest underground railway station in the world after the Grand Central Terminal in New York City, US.

Located in the Guangdong Province, this railway station is one of the seven stops on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link.

The railway station spans over a total area of 147,000m², which nearly equals to the size of 21 football pitches.

It has three underground floors with a seating capacity of 3,000 passengers.

The high-speed rail service cuts down the travel time between Guangzhou and Hong Kong from 2h to 30min.

"Futian station is the second largest underground railway station in the world after the Grand Central Terminal in New York City, US."

Commuters can travel from Shenzhen to Hong Kong in just 15min and from Luohu, Shenzhen, to Guangzhou East in about 80min.

The rail service will have 11 pairs of high-speed trains running between the Futian Station and Guangzhou South Station every day until 9 January, while another 12 round trips will be added to the timetable every day from 10 January.

According to railway official Xue Weihe, the average passenger flow every day to and fro the station is expected to be around 10,000 during the initial period.

The mainland section of the cross-border high-speed rail has almost reached its completion while the Hong Kong part is still held back by delays, budget overrun and a controversy over border checkpoint arrangements.

Also known as the Chinese Section of the Kowloon-Canton Railway, the Guangzhou Railway Corporation is a Chinese railway that connects Guangzhou with Shenzhen.


Image: Construction site of the Futian high-speed railway station. Photo: courtesy of Baycrest via Wikipedia.