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The world's deepest high-speed railway stop is to be built under the Great Wall of China

The Chinese travel infrastructure just got a boost with the news that a high-speed railway station will be built at the Bādálǐng section of  The Great Wall of China in Beijing. This comes as part of the country’s preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympics, and will be welcomed by those planning to attend the event.

China is to build the world's deepest high-speed rail station under the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China. Image: Teh Eng Koon/AFP/Getty Images
China is to build the world’s deepest high-speed rail station under the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China. Image: Teh Eng Koon/AFP/Getty Images

The station will sit along a railway network that will link Beijing with Zhangjiakou, 125 miles from Beijing in the Hebei province, where some of the Games will take place. This will reduce the journey time to 50 minutes, down from more than three hours. There will also be a branch line to Chongli, which will host the skiing events.

The Great Wall with a sunset glow at Jinshanling, China. Image: ©chungking/Shutterstock
The Great Wall with a sunset glow at Jinshanling, China. Image: ©chungking/Shutterstock

The Great Wall of China is the largest man-made structure on earth, covering 3700 miles across the country from Liáoníng province to the edge of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia.

 

Bādálǐng is the most popular section of the Great Wall, and according to the China National Tourism Administration, it received 30,000 tourists in just one day during the Chinese New Year holiday week. It will be one of 10 stations on the 110-mile route, designed to handle maximum speeds of 215 mph.

Snow scene of Badaling Great Wall in Beijing. Image: Fotosearch/Getty Images/Fotosearch RF
Snow scene of Badaling Great Wall in Beijing. Image: Fotosearch/Getty Images/Fotosearch RF

Bādálǐng lies about 80km north-west of Beijing, and the new train station being built there will be located 335 feet below the surface. It will have an underground construction area of 387,501 square feet, making it the deepest and largest high-speed railway stop in the world. It’s not the deepest station for passenger rail, however, as the Arsenalna subway platform in Kyiv is located 344 feet below the surface.

The Great Wall of China. Image: @feiyuezhangjie/Shutterstock
The Great Wall of China. Image: @feiyuezhangjie/Shutterstock

The railway will be built by China Railway No 5 engineering group, who will use advanced explosion technologies to ensure that the UNESCO World Heritage Site will not be impacted.