Shanghai South Railway Station which consist the main terminal buildings and the Southern Square and the Northern Square covers a total land area of 60 hectares, extending to Liuzhou Lu in the east, Laohumin Lu in the west, Humin Lu in the north and Shilong Lu in the south. The main terminal building is a grand circular of steel structure with more than 200 meters of diameter. Being 47 meters tall, the holistic structure offers over 50,000 square meters of construction space, which is massive and breathtaking.
Trains pass from under the elevated parts of the main terminal building which is designed to be clear and connected between the south and the east, with entry from the higher part and exit from the lower part, and passengers’ waiting on the elevated level. The main terminal building has basically three levels. The Middle Level of the same height as the ground serves as the platforms. There are 13 railways and six platforms, with passages connected to the Southern Square and the Northern Square. There are also the VIP Waiting Room and a police station. The Upper Level is the Departure Level which is an elevated circular platform with a diameter of 800 meters, which is capable to accommodate more than 10,000 passengers who can get to their trains through different ticket checking gates and passages. The Lower Level is the Arrival Level which conveniently leads passengers to different exits, the Underground Transfer Hall, Metro Line 1, Metro Line 3, Light Rail L1 whose construction is to be completed soon, long-distance bus stations and city tour bus stations. The Southern Square and the Northern Square are designed to be green space and tourism distribution center. There are two floors of stores, roads and parking places with a total area of 120,000 square meters underground the two squares.
A total land area of 2.77 square kilometers in the area of Shanghai South Railway Station has been planned for development, extending Humin Lu and Longhua Port in the north, Shilong Lu, Luocheng Lu and Laohumin Lu in the south, Longwu Lu in the east and Guilin Nanlu in the west. The area is planned to be developed into a world-class urban area, with landscape design matching the prosperity of Shanghai as a metropolitan. The area is expected to interact and develop together with Xujiahui as the sub-center of the city, Longhua Tourism City, Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center, and Xuhui riverside development belt, growing into a downtown communication platform of Shanghai that serves the country and faces the world.