China's Woe from Modernisation

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  1. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    This article caught my eye after I read April Lyrics hassle going back home for the Spring Festiaval.

    A case of modernisation in a hurry?
     
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    I heard it actually easier to get ticket now because black market is almost gone due to the new system. However, the railway ministry is a problem indeed. The website they develop works but it is like a joke.

    Spring Festival Transportation is a big problem in China. In 2011, the railway ministry move 210,000,000 people in 40 days Spring Festival Period. That is a average of 5.75 million people per day... It is about 12.5% more than 2010. The increased compacity is due to increased rail speed and more train on the rail. However, still many people get not get a ticket, so they have to take the long-distance bus... Keep in mind, in China, you can not take the train on top of the train...

    Another problem is the rail-way industry did not do any stress-test before the release of the website... They also give the designing work to its subsidiary instead of more competent company. Railway ministry also should release the website way-ahead of the holiday... so people can get used to it.
     
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    Mylegend,

    Because there are large migrant workers from other parts of China, every national festival causes this type of disruption, agony and heartbreaks.

    Imagine a person works hard but cannot go home because the railway system cannot cope with the passenger traffic.

    This happens all the time.

    In India, during the festivals or during the holiday season, they run holiday specials (special trains to cater for the rush).

    If there are more trains and so more seats during the holiday season/ festivals, the website will be able to cater for seats during the rush.

    I don't think that it is the website that is the problems, it is the number of trains being run that is not planned to take the excess passenger traffic during these festivals.

    Just my thoughts!
     
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    There is more train during holiday in China too, and according to my knowledge, Chinese train density is about twice of India. However, the amount of people that the train transport is about the same, and amount of commercial goods transport is at least 4 times of India. Even in the holiday, many train still ship goods instead of people. Although, I guess for many people, they don't mind to get on commercial goods train, but I guess it is not safe. It also take time to change commercial train into passenger one. I do think many migrant workers will not mind taking commercial train, new year is such a important holiday.
     
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    Our freight division is totally separate from the passenger division.

    We just ensure the passenger trains are more!

    The freight continues unhindered.
     
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    I wish China have more passenger trains too.
     
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    1> China doesn't have enough railway.
    2> The imbalance of industry density from east region to west region forces people to leave their hometown to work in a place far away from hometown.

    Solutions
    1> build more HSR railway
    2>encourage industry to move west
     

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