Picture taken on Wanhangdu Lu, next to the Jing’an Temple in Jing’an District
When Chinese New Years is just a few weeks away and everyone in China scrambles to find a way home for the holidays, you get lines like these outside every ticket center in Shanghai. And this one (while the picture doesn’t even capture the entire line) was pretty tame, thanks to the timing (work hours on a work day). Why aren’t they calling to reserve the tickets they need? According to Shanghai Daily, “it’s nearly impossible to reach a hotline ticket agent between 3pm and 4pm each day as tickets for the newest day of travel go on sale at 3pm. When the system works after 4pm, tickets for many destinations have already sold out.” But even when you’re lining up here, there’s something else to be wary of: scalpers
It sure is tough out there for the millions of Chinese who just want to get home.