“Kangzhou Migrant Worker Still Without Train Tickets After Lining Up for 6 Days and 6 Nights
January 9th, a reporter in Kangzhou, Zhejiang Province was taking photographs at the train station’s temporary booking office when they bumped into Li Zhuqing, a migrant worker from Yongzhou, Hunan Province. Li asked the reporter for help, “Reporter friend, I’ve been waiting in line for 5 days and 5 nights and still haven’t gotten my tickets. Can you help me?”
[Above] Photo is of 9am in the morning of January 10th, in Kangzhou, where Li Zhuqing is at the front of the ticket line. As he stood there, he fell asleep.
Li Zhuqing is 48 years old this year. He is responsible for buying train tickets for all 5 members of his family so they can return home to celebrate Chinese New Year. Li buys tickets for his family this time every year and it is always difficult; but this year is even worse. “I can’t use the Internet, and none of my calls will go through. I have no choice but to buy my tickets at the booking office.”
Li Zhuqing told the reporter his parents called him and asked when he would be coming home. He explained to them about how long he has been sleeping in the booking office waiting for his tickets. His 80-year-old mother then immediately burst into tears. His parents long for their son to come home to celebrate Chinese New Year together. In previous years, no matter how hard, Li Zhuqing and his family has always been able get back to his hometown a couple days before the holiday, but this year is uncertain.
Li Zhuqing has waited in the line at the booking office for 6 days and 6 nights, hoping to get a ticket on the 17th, 18th, or 19th to Yongzhou, Changsha, Guilin, or Nanning but to no avail. “I’m honestly just too tired, I can’t even wake up in the afternoon. My work friends have to pull me off the ground to get me up.”
Evening 10pm January 9th, Li Zhuqing at the booking office, beginning his overnight wait in line.
Early morning 4am January 10th, Li Zhuqing sitting down eating breakfast.
Early morning 3am, Li Zhuqing sitting on the ground asleep.
Early morning 4am, Li Zhuqing sitting resting on the ground within the booking office railings.
Morning 10am, on the sixth day of waiting in line and still haven’t been able to buy tickets, helplessness fills Li Zhuqing’s eyes.
Morning 9am, Li Zhuqing at the front of the line, but looking especially tired.
Morning 10am, Li Zhuqing in front of the ticketing window, beginning to book tickets.
Morning 10am, the computer shows that tickets to Yongzhou, Hunan Province are all sold out.
Once again unable to get tickets, Li Zhuqing stands bewildered in the ticketing office, at a loss for what to do.