Slated to open in May 2011, the new East Railway Station is part of the transportation hub located at the Sha He Bao block in eastern Chengdu.
Five times the size of the Chengdu North Railway Station, the new station boasts five storeys with 14 platforms and 26 tracks.
The construction of the largest integrated passenger transport hub in West China has taken two years.
The second and third basement floors which house the stations for Metro Line 2 and Metro Line 7 are still under construction. In recent months, there have been 32 new roads near the East Railway Station to improve its accessibility.
Local reporters described the departure hall as similar to that of an airport, with the electronic display board showing information in Chinese and English and artificial palm trees planted around.
Food, shopping and other leisure services are available nearby with more shops expected to open in due time.
The Sichuan Online reporter also noted that the station's water dispenser has four outlets, for cold, lukewarm, warm and boiling water, to better serve passengers on the go.
The station's project manager, Mr Zhang Maolin, said there will be 159 points of ticketing sales available for passengers at any point in time, referring to the 96 ticket sales counters and 63 automatic ticket sales machines.
The automatic ticket sales machines will also dispense railway express cards (铁路快通卡), which allow passengers to board the trains via electronic inspection. The railway express cards will be used for all the high-speed rail rides, beginning with commencement of the Mianyang-Chengdu-Leshan route.
From the platform on the first storey, passengers who have just arrived can enter Basement 1, after which, heading in the East Plaza's direction gets them to buses, taxis or coaches, without having the exit the railway station. To get onto either of the to-be-opened Metro lines, passengers are to head for the West Plaza.
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Meanwhile the Chengdu Railway Police have arrested a mother-and-son team, who queued repeatedly to buy 121 tickets, and then re-sold them travelers at inflated prices. Their profits ranged between RMB30 to RMB100 for each ticket.
The net worth of the tickets is RMB25,691, according to the police, who say that this is the largest case of illegal ticketing they have cracked this Spring Festival's peak travel period.
More temporary trains have been added to transport Sichuanese workers back to cities such as Guangzhou and Urumqi after the Spring Festival holiday. Eight additional trains will depart for Urumqi from 18-21 and 23-26 February from the Chengdu South Station.