A group of volunteers from the local branch of the communist party in Hebei have set up a team to help migrant buy train tickets online to ensure they can reunite with their family over Spring Festival.
According to NetEase, they turned up at a construction site in Xinle city to help out the migrant workers, many of whom have difficulty using the online system required to reserve a ticket.
For many migrant workers who have left the countryside to seek jobs in the cities, Spring Festival is usually their sole opportunity to return home and reunite with their family. A large number have had to say goodbye to their children as economic necessity leads them to seek a living in urban areas.
Poor education and lack of computer literacy means that most migrant workers often have to spend hours queuing at local railway stations to purchase a train ticket, with no guarantee that tickets won’t already have sold out once they reach the front of the line.
Train tickets are available for purchase 58 days in advance. Most of the savvy buyers will already have gone online to snap up their tickets home in November.
The busy period for China’s railways will begin on January 24 and end on March 3 as the world’s largest human migration takes place.
By Lucy Liu
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