Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Spring Festival Train Tickets

OK, it's not that bad. The picture is from Guangzhou in 2008 when snowstorms forced lots of cancellations. However, my friend in Beijing said she drove her friend to the West Beijing train station to buy tickets for [can't remember where... somewhere west] and it was a complete zoo. After waiting for hours and hours, they were told that the tickets were sold out. Her friend is under a lot of pressure from in-laws to make the trip back to her husband's hometown so the grandparents can see the grandchildren. I suggested that the CCP should decree that Chinese New Year will be celebrated 4 times per year and you're assigned to one of the quarterly dates based on your national ID number. What's a communist dictatorship good for if you can mandate stuff like this?

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