Shanghai, China's largest city and commercial hub will soon start building what is set to be Asia's largest railway station, overtaking the Beijing West Railway Station.
Hongqiao Railway Hub, the new station, is located in the west of downtown Shanghai and covers an area of 1.33 million square meters, Director of the Shanghai Railway Bureau, Liu Lianqing said.
The construction of the station, which is expected to cost between 13 billion and 15 billion yuan ($1.6 billion and 1.8 billion), will start this year and is scheduled to be completed by 2010.
The design of the new station has been made, Liu was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.
The station will provide terminals for four high-speed lines, including high-speed trains between Beijing and Shanghai, and between Shanghai and Ningbo, and the Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev railway.
Currently, the largest passenger transport railway station in Asia is Beijing West Railway Station, covering 5,10,000 square meters, which began operation in 1996.