Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Holiday Season...

...Is Back Upon Us

Many Chinese people who have left their hometowns to work in other places in China must “return home” to visit their families and celebrate the holiday together. This happens every year and most people travel by taking the train. Train tickets can only be sold and purchased a maximum of 10 days before the desired departure date and there are only a limited amount of tickets available. Also there are no return-tickets and tickets must be bought in the city of departure (talk about a weird system!!). This is one reason why many people must line up and wait many long hours (or days) so they can buy a train ticket to go home for Spring Festival, which is January 25 this year. Here are some pictures of the lines and people waiting to buy train tickets.

Is it me or is it crowded ?

After waiting for hours (or days) you are so happy you have a ticket in your hand and now you cannot wait to make the (long) journey home in a very, very busy train:

I cannot find my reserved seat