300,000 at Guangzhou railway station determined to make it home to families Tens of thousands of passengers stranded at Guangzhou railway station in cold, rainy weather are willing to wait until the last minute for trains home for the Lunar New Year. After working in a Dongguan arts and crafts company for almost nine years, a Hubei passenger surnamed Yan said he and his family of three had prepared food and water for three days in case of train delays. He said he had heard about service cancellations on the Beijing-Guangzhou railway caused by heavy snowfalls in Hunan and Hubei before coming to Guangzhou. But his family still wanted to give it a try because some of his friends had already managed to get on a train home. 'That is why we want to wait here until we have finished all our food and water,' he said, adding that his seven-year-old daughter was born and raised in Dongguan and it would be the first opportunity for her to see her grandparents in Wuhan . Gao Wenbing , a migrant worker with a Dongguan construction company, said he also preferred to wait at the railway station even though senior Guangdong officials had urged migrant workers not to go home this year. He did not want to move even to the Canton Fair exhibition buildings, opened for stranded passengers 500 metres from the station. 'I will miss the boarding call if I move to the buildings,' he said. Guangdong party secretary Wang Yang , who visited crowds at the railway station on Monday, said passengers should be ready to spend the Lunar New Year in Guangdong if trains were cancelled. By 6pm yesterday, more than 400,000 passengers had left Guangzhou on 199 trains which were forced to detour via other lines to avoid snow-bound tracks. But about 300,000 other passengers were stranded in Guangzhou and more were flooding into the city, Xinhua reported. Passengers inside and outside the station said the cold and rain had increased their misery. Mr Gao, who has worked in Dongguan for about five years, said it was the coldest winter he had experienced in the province. Li Chaobing, a Hunan migrant worker, told doctors in a shelter that he felt sick after being caught in the cold rain. Some other passengers who were moved into the buildings after Sunday complained that officials had failed to provide the free water and biscuits offered before. 'I moved in on Monday afternoon and had to buy some instant noodles myself,' said Shaanxi worker Wu Jiaqi, 'I felt cold at night and a little hungry now.' Guangdong Meteorological Bureau expert Lu Shan said temperatures would drop up to 3 degrees Celsius today, down to as low as 4 degrees at night.