China’s ugliest train stations: eyesores sprout at full speed
Chinese travelers say designers have failed to match the feats of the builders of the nation's high-speed rail network
After China took credit for operating the world’s most extensive high-speed rail network that bullet trains traverse at speeds of 200km/h and higher, the nation has shown continued momentum to level mountains and bridge rivers to extend that network to more far-flung regions, a point of genuine national pride for Chinese engineers and travelers alike.
But with the 25,000 kilometers of high-speed railways that China has established in a decade of after Beijing embarked on the construction spree back in 2008, it appears that the designers of the thousands of train stations along these lines have failed to keep pace.
Many new stations have received criticism and ridicule since their completion. And though design, style and appreciation are usually matters of personal taste, Chinese travelers have reached a consensus on listing the nation’s ugliest stations, as seen in social-media posts that lamented the declining taste of cadres at the China Railway Corporation as well as the designers they hired.
Here, we take a quick trip to some of the undisputed eyesores.