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End of the line

Fengtai railway station in Beijing was the Chinese capital’s first proper train station, built in the late 1890s during the minor construction boom that followed China’s defeat in the First Sino-Japanese War.

The terminus, which used to offer services to Shanghai and Guangzhou, was closed in 2010. This week, after a 12-year hiatus, it reopened as Asia’s largest railway hub. Some of the old edifice still stands, alongside a gleaming new three-level transport centre connected to the metro, the standard railway network, and the national bullet-train line.

The 32-track station will take some of the traffic load away from Beijing West and other busy hubs in the capital, serving as another departure point for destinations as far away as Guangzhou and ...


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