100m train trips made in Golden Week holiday

BEIJING: More than 100 million trips were made via the Chinese railway system during the past week-long National Day holiday, as the country’s fast-developing railway gains growing favor with travelers.
Monday marked the last day of the week-long National Day holiday mass travel season in China, with an estimated 16.79 million trips made that day on the railway system, according to statistics sent from China Railway Corporation (CRC) to the Global Times.
More than 100 million railway trips were made from September 28 to Sunday, the corporation said. To cope with the surge, CRC added more than 1,000 trains on Sunday and Monday.
The railway system operator adopted high-tech equipment and special service facilities to cater for passengers. Facial recognition machines at some stations shortened the ticket checking time from eight to three seconds per person.
China’s trains, especially the high-speed train, are becoming more and more favored by travelers for their speed, convenience and interior comfort.
Beijing resident Zheng Lei took the high-speed train approximately 1,271 kilometers from Beijing to Hangzhou in this holiday.
“The train ride offered me a view outside my window, showed me the changing landscape from north to south,” Zheng said. “Moreover, the trains are more spacious and convenient than the airplane.”
China’s high-speed trains are also equipped with Wi-Fi, which enables travelers to roam freely online.
A viral video on China’s Twitter-like platform Sina Weibo shows a high-speed train passenger watching live the grand military parade and mass pageantry marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on his smartphone on October 1.
In an article accompanying the video, the internet user said that the live feed attracted passengers from the whole compartment to watch.
“The compartment was filled with the exclamation of passengers from all walks of life, ages and backgrounds, which was amazing,” the user posted.
Traveling from Beijing to Shanghai, Liu Han saw a group of tourists from Spain taking selfies with the screen display of the train’s speed – 350 kilometers per hour.—The Daily Mail-China Daily News Exchange item

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