Posted On: Friday - September 15th 2023 12:20PM MST
In Topics:   China  Peak Stupidity Roadshow
(Continued from **Planes**, **Planes-II**, **Trains**, and **Trains-II** of our Dispatches from The Middle Kingdom: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles series.)
I wrote that I'd put up some pictures of the high-speed rail journeys in China. (We made 2 HS rail trips.) To really get the idea of it all, you'd need video. I too lots, but as Adam Smith noted, this takes up lots of memory on the server. I am thinking of starting a youtube channel for things like this.
In some later posts on general life in China, I'll embed more pics taken from the trains too. The top picture here is from out in the sticks.
This is the big station where we started off our 12 hour trip. We were ahead in line, so these are the first few people trickling onto our train. Seats are reserved. There may have been 20 different tracks, and they turn around the trains fairly quickly - I'd guess less than 1/2 an hour.
That was an intermediate stop. No, see, that's not graffiti. Those are Chinese characters that say I don't know what, but our American minds expect graffiti at the stations, on the cars, everywhere. I HATE it.
I've written that Chinese words are usually small, one or two syllables long. This town is one of the exceptions. For the big cities, Chengdu, Chongching, Peking, etc. there'll be a "bei", "nan", "gong", or "xie" on the end, for north, south, east, or west, as these cities have more than one big HS (and other) rail stations.