January 29, 2006 at 12:38 am #10067
Migrant China Workers Wear Diapers On Trains
BEIJING (Reuters) – Migrant workers in south China are wearing adult diapers on packed trains heading home for the Lunar New Year holiday because they have no access to a toilet, state media said Tuesday.
About 120 million peasants from China’s vast rural areas swarm the cities for work and all try to make it home for the holiday, filling all standing room on trains and making access to the toilet impossible during trips often lasting 24 hours or more.
“During the peak travel period last year, some passengers even became deranged on their journeys because of the conditions and jumped out of the carriages,” the China Daily said.
The Lunar New Year, which this year starts on January 29, is the biggest holiday in the Chinese-speaking world and family reunions prompt arguably the biggest movement of humanity on Earth.
Many supermarkets in southern Foshan had reported a 50 percent increase in sales of adult diapers for the train trips, the China Daily said in what some local commentators called the “shame of the nation.” It did not mention other cities.
Domestic media said railways in China had transported 3.8 million people alone Monday, an all-time high.January 30, 2006 at 12:15 am #10068
this is no exaggeration. exactly why i like to stay put during “golden weeks” and travel during nonpeak times. ticket prices often also double for the benefit of being able to enjoy the hellacious conditions for golden week travel.
here in shenzhen, which is a city rather like washington or LA (everybody appears to be from someplace else), everything closes down for a few days and it becomes rather quiet. you can ride your bike on trafficless roads and the air quality improves dramatically. sunny and in the 70’s (20’s C) today.
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