A staggering 232 billion plane, train and car journeys will take place over the 40 days of Chunyun, the Chinese New Year. With so many people desperate to get back to their families for the occasion, transport workers can't resist the opportunity to swindle their customers. After all, there aren't enough tickets for everyone!
The anonymous cameraman even pointed the camera at the station clock. In the video, the time was 9:03am, 10 January. The ticket office was No. 37.
The reporter discovered that the videos were originally posted on Youku on 10 January. It was later uploaded at YouTube, Mop, Tianya, and other online bulletins. Ren Ming Wang, NetEase, Sohu, Fenghuang, and others also have this video. There were over a hundred comments within two hours at YouTube, while Tianya garnered over 2,000 comments and 90,000 views in a day. One comment called for harsh punishment and wanted the rail authorities to give out the station number so people can call them and complain."
A comment posted on Netease:
Video posted on YoukuBuzz by Steven Lin along with this comment:
Greed is the root of all evil, and unfortunately, black-hearted drivers are still trying their best to make money from "Chunyun," the annual mass homecoming. In this video of news from Hunan TV, you can see eight people hidden in the luggage compartment of an overloaded long-distance bus. Why? The scarcity of legal tickets has become an excuse for bus drivers to moonlight as human trade transporters."
Xiaodong Du is one of our Observers in China. He's from Zhanjiang, southern China, but studies 2,253km north in Shanghai. The train takes around 30 hours.