Speed isn't everything on China's railways

30 Sep 2014

Bullet trains and high-speed railways are the future for the mainland as it upgrades its vast transport network. But older, slower, trains, what the Chinese call "green-skins" because of their appearance, still carry many passengers in remote areas. They have no air conditioning, only electric fans, and no heating, but the fares are extremely cheap and even undercut some long-distance buses. And of course the old trains allow people to relax a little, stretch out for a nap, open the windows for a little ventilation, perhaps sell some meat or vegetables to fellow passengers, and even take along goat carcasses or a flock of geese. Imaginechina photographers hopped on board for a ride.

 

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