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Taking a train through time in China

The handsome guy in the video is called Greg Fountain.  One month ago, Greg left Bahrain and started a new life in Beijing. 

视频里萌帅英国小哥叫方丹(Greg Fountain)。一个多月前,他刚从巴林(Bahrain)到北京开启新生活。

At that time, he was shocked by China's chunyun, also known as the Spring Festival travel season, when hundreds of millions of people travelling home across China for the new year, and travelling back to the cities they work in after the Chinese New Year holiday. Bahrain, the country he lived in before coming to China, has a population of less than 500 thousand. 


Inspired by his curiosity about how China manages the world's largest annual human migration, Greg decided to take a Chinese train to have the personal experience. 


In 1960s

There is an old Chinese proverb: that it's better to travel 10,000 miles than read 10,000 books – perhaps not on the trains like this though!


Dubbed "Lv Pi Che" or "green-skinned" train for the colour of their exterior paint, these crowded, noisy antiques were steam-driven, rarely topped 40 km per hour and could take days to reach their destination.


In 1990s

This is an electric train with air conditioning and softer seats, and the services on board have also improved.


These trains were still very crowded, filled with business people, migrant workers and students travelling to the big cities – all with hope in their eyes, and the confident expectation of a bright future.


In 2016

This is China Railway High-speed, known as CRH or HéxiéHào, which literally means harmony.

这就是中国的高速列车, 众所周知的"和谐号"。

In less than three hours, you can complete a journey that would have taken a full day on a green-skinned train's yesteryear.


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