Corruption Derails Travel Plans For Many Chinese

From The Los Angeles Times: Railroad tickets are a dangerous business in China. Retired military man Wang Hanlin opened a travel agency here a decade ago, but found that the best seats disappeared no matter how early you tried...

Slideshow: All About Train Tickets

A netizen with the nickname Zeng Guangyong posted some photos taken recently on fengniao.com. These photos illustrate how difficult it is for common people in China to buy train tickets back home for Spring Festival. Zeng...

Video: Guangzhou Train Station Under Control

Thanks Dani for the response to CDT’s previous post Guangzhou Train Station During Spring Festival. Here is the comment and video: Regarding the situation in Guangdong, a photographer and myself have been in front of the...

Slideshow: Guangzhou Train Station During Spring Festival

Guangzhou has perhaps the largest migrant worker population (over ten million) of any city in China. When Chinese New Year arrives, the vast majority of these workers leave en mass to return home, making the Guangzhou train...

China to Enter New Railway Era by 2010 – CCTV

Big plans for a renovated railway station were recently revealed on Friday. From CCTV: China’s railway station is integral for many of China’s 1.3 billion people – be it for commuting or when they travel home for the holidays. At a press conference of Friday, the Ministry of Railways says China will enter a new […]

China Produces First Home-grown Bullet Train: Report – AFP

China’s first high-speed bullet train will start running between Beijing – Tianjin soon, according to AFP: The streamlined train body, made of aluminium alloy, is the lightest of its kind in the world, Wang said. The eight-carriage train can seat about 600 passengers and will start running the 115-kilometre-long Beijing-Tianjin route before the Beijing Olympics […]

Slideshow: Golden Week and Passenger Flow

Oct. 1, 2007, marked the 58th National Day of the People’s Republic of China. Three days ago, one of China’s three annual Golden Weeks began and people crowded railway stations for a variety of reasons –...

On a People’s Train From Urumqi to Beijing – Matt Gross

From the New York Times: It was a slow day in the railway ticket office in downtown Urumqi, and as I walked up to the counter, where there was no line, I was feeling lucky. Then the ticket clerk pronounced the two syllables that every traveler in China dreads: “Mei you.” The literal translation is […]

A China-Size Travel Delay – Edward Cody

From The Washington Post: Heavy snowfall in central China disrupted rail traffic Friday just as millions of Chinese headed home for Spring Festival family reunions, stranding countless travelers in frigid northern train stations. The backup, although limited mainly to north-south travel, dramatized the huge volume of holiday travel during the festival, or Chinese New Year, […]

China plans luxury train to Tibet – BBC

From BBC NEWS: A Chinese firm has unveiled plans for a luxury rail service between China’s main cities and Tibet’s capital, Lhasa. Backed by private Western investment, the service aims to launch in 2007, attracting both newly wealthy Chinese and overseas tourists. It has been made possible by the completion in October of the first […]

China to order 60 bullet trains – AFP (UPDATED)

From AFP, via Aljazeera.Net: China will order 60 bullet trains from a Japanese consortium led by Kawasaki Heavy Industries as Beijing turns to both Japanese and German firms to expand its rail network. The Railways Ministry will buy 60 bullet trains from the Kawasaki-led consortium to run in China as early as 2008, the Yomiuri […]

Siemens Builds One of World’s Fastest Trains in China – Bloomberg

From Bloomberg: Siemens AG‘s contract to supply China 60 locomotives as fast as France’s TGV trains may herald billions of dollars of orders for global engineering companies, economists including China Securities Research Co.’s Hu Yanni said. Siemens, Germany’s largest engineering company, will make three trains that run at top speeds of 300 kilometers (186 miles) […]

By Train on the Roof of the World – Andreas Lorenz

From Spiegel Online: Looking from the imposing Potala Palace into the Lhasa River Valley, one glimpses a white bridge far in the distance. For the moment, it is empty. But soon, trains will be rolling across and into the brand new train station now under construction on the opposite bank. A whole new quarter of […]

Sentimental or Not, a Steam-Powered Journey Is Ending – Howard W. French

From the New York Times: At one end of the rail yard, mechanics with two-foot-long wrenches fuss lovingly over the workings of a handful of black steam locomotives, while other workers load them up with coal or wipe their huge, cylindrical air compressors clean with large rags. The men in the old yard seem more […]

Dalai Lama: Rail Link ‘Cultural Genocide’ – John Miller

From AP, via Washingtonpost.com: A rail link being built between Tibet and several major Chinese cities could lead to “cultural genocide” by luring more Chinese workers to the region, the Dalai Lama said. Tibet’s spiritual leader said following a speech in Idaho Sunday that more pressure will be placed on native Tibetans by the rail […]

A railroad marvel conquers China’s terrain – Howard W. French

From the International Herald Tribune: By the time the great railroad reaches this town from the east, it has already traversed more than half of China, past the high desert of Qinghai, around one of the world’s great salt lakes, through the arid fastness of Gansu, and then over and around mountain ranges arrayed like […]



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