Chunyun Train Tickets Booked to Be Collectable Elsewhere
People may claim the train tickets in the upcoming Chunyun traffic peak month they book at any of the nine major stations in Guangdong province, as announced by the Guangzhou Railway Group (GRG) in Guangzhou Saturday.
People queue up to buy train tickets at a ticketing office in Guangzhou in 2007. (Information Times)
It is a breakthrough reform of railway ticketing in this South China province, which is under the greatest inter-city traffic pressure to and fro in the country around the Chinese Spring Festival (sometime in January or February ), called "Chunyun", each year.
The tickets, booked via a telephone ticketing system, of the trains outbound from one of the nine stations including Guangzhou, Guangzhou Eastern, Guangzhou North, Foshan, Shenzhen, Shenzhen West, Dongguan Dong, Huizhou, and Shantou can be collected at any of these stations, not restricted to claiming only at the departing station as before.
Province-wide ticketing hotlines have been set up as:
Guangzhou, Guangzhou Eastern, Guangzhou North, and Foshan: Dial 95105105 or 96020088;
Shenzhen and Shenzhen West: Dial 95105160 or 96020086;
Dongguan Dong, Huizhou, and Shantou: Dial 95105106.
Local area codes are needed, when dialing outside the station cities.
This new approach is widely welcomed by the public for the good of saving passengers' money and time and easing the pressure of claiming booked tickets.
GRG will release the details of the ticketing operation soon.