With National Day looming, the Chinese railway system is finalizing preparations for a new service allowing passengers to travel to destinations along with their cars, according to Xinhua.
The special service is for Beijingers who don’t want to drive the 1,300km to Hangzhou, but would like to drive around in their own personal cars when they do get there.
According to China Daily, here’s the arrangement:
Beijing Railway Bureau announced the high-speed train will depart from the South Railway Station on Sept 30 and arrive in Hangzhou, capital of Zhe-jiang province, the next morning. The train returns from Hangzhou on the night of Oct 6, arriving in Beijing eight hours later.
Before boarding the train for Hanghzou, the passengers will have to drop off their cars at the Dahongmen Railway Station, a cargo station in Beijing, on Sept 28. Once in Hangzhou, passengers can pick up their cars on Oct 1.
For the return trip, they should have their cars at the station in Hangzhou on Oct 6 and can pick up their cars in Beijing on Oct 9.
All that pretty cool inconvenient convenience costs 3,000 RMB a car. Thus far 50 cars have signed up for the maiden journey.
As neat as all this is, 50 cars transferred from the roads to the rails isn’t going to do much to fight this. Probably best to just avoid modes of transportation all together for the next week or so.
by Alex Linder
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