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New purchasing method: Rail ticket app and website win cautious praise
Public reactions have been mildly positive after the China Railway Corporation (CRC) on Sunday launched a cell phone app for a ticket purchasing system and on Friday updated its 2-year-old website long criticized for its poor efficiency and service. Commentators offered applause for the CRC, once the bureaucratic Ministry of Railways, in keeping up with the times. But some said the new system has much to do to meet travelers' demands.
Early issuing: Lunar New Year's Eve train tickets available
As of Saturday, passengers can buy train tickets online or by telephone for the Lunar New Year's Eve of "chunyun," a 40-day travel rush period around the Spring Festival.
Specific group: Migrant workers get first access to "chunyun" tickets
Chinese migrant workers will enjoy earlier access to train tickets during this year's "chunyun," a period of travel rush around the Spring Festival, the China Railway Corporation said Saturday. A spokesman from the corporation told Xinhua that employers of migrant workers, those from rural areas who find work in Chinese cities, can start booking train tickets for their workers starting on Saturday, 40 days ahead of the first day of chunyun.
Specific group: Liaocheng: Help for migrant workers buy tickets back home
College student volunteers help migrant workers bought tickets back home online on Dec. 29, 2013, in Liaocheng, Shandong province. 8 volunteers from Liaocheng University came to a construction site to help migrant workers there buy train tickets back home.
Combating scalping: China detains 810 for train ticket scalping
Chinese police busted 256 groups and seized 810 people for scalping railway tickets or making and selling fake tickets as of Jan. 2, according to the railway police bureau. In a statement on Saturday, the bureau said it began a special crackdown on ticket scalping on Dec. 10 and had since confiscated more than 49,000 railway tickets for overpriced reselling as well as over 120,000 counterfeit tickets.
Combating scalping: Chinese police target online train ticket scalping
Chinese railway police have set up task forces targeting train ticket scalping online ahead of the upcoming Spring Festival travel rush, said the Ministry of Public Security on Friday. These temporary units monitor ticket sales on the national train ticket booking website, identify irregular transactions and feed the clues to railway police's field teams, according to a ministry statement.
Combating scalping: Police starts railway ticket scalping crackdown
Chinese railway police on Tuesday started a crackdown on illegal scalping of train tickets. The police will strengthen patrols at train stations and ticket offices and will pay special attention to suspicious repeat buyers and group ticket purchasers, according to a railway police authority statement.
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