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Hassle-free travel from Xi'an

By Ma Lie (China Daily)

09:47, January 09, 2012

A passenger and his child board a train with the help of railway station attendants at the Changsha Railway Station in the capital of Central China's Hunan province on Sunday. The 40-day-long Spring Festival travel rush started on the day. (China Daily/Guo Liliang)

Migrant workers buy tickets in clusters of five under new program

XI'AN - A new measure of train ticket booking implemented over the weekend, especially for migrant workers, seems to have worked in Xi'an, capital city of Northwest China's Shaanxi province. They found the new system easier to handle, which added to the joy of going home for the coming Spring Festival.

According to Li Yudan, deputy director of Xi'an Railway Bureau, migrant workers had the priority to book train tickets. They could buy group tickets for a minimum of five people.

"Earlier the facility would be offered to groups comprising at least 20 people. Recently some provinces offered the facility to 10-member groups. We decided to decrease the numbers to five in order to provide more convenience to migrant workers," Li said.

Shen Fengmin, a migrant worker from Central China's Hubei province who works in Xi'an, was happy with the new system which allowed her to get hold of tickets with little fuss at the height of Spring Festival rush, which lasts from Jan 8 to Feb 16.

"I have just booked group tickets for my six county fellows and me, and we will get the tickets four days later. I came to the railway station several times last week but could not get tickets as there were too many people lining up in front of the ticket selling windows," the 27-year-old Shen told China Daily on Sunday.

Shen and his 6 county fellows work in a construction site in the city and will go back home in Xiaogan, Hubei province for the festival on Jan 20.

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