Riding the Rails in China: A Lesson in Patience

china’s rail system is the most extensive in the world, but riding the rails in China is difficult for foreigners. if you don’t speak Chinese the system can be downright mystifying.

Foreign travelers wait to enter Shanghai Railway Station on Sunday. GAO ERQIANG / CHINA DAILY Faced with the language barrier and cultural divide, foreigners are finding it hard this year to buy rail tickets in China ahead of Spring Festival. More than 300 million people are forecast to travel home to celebrate the festival, which falls…