Wenggu Wuzhimu (1st R), a villager of the Yi ethnic group, gets off train No. 5634 at Lianhe Township station when she's done shopping for daily necessities from the nearby Lugu Township in Mianning County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Oct. 3, 2020. (Photo by Hu Zhongping/Xinhua)

China’s “slow trains” still a fast friend to travellers on remote routes

Although China has entered a high-speed railway era, there still exist “slow trains” in several less developed areas. Running remote routes with reasonable charges, the country’s slow train services take into account the travel needs of people without access to other means of transport. For many travellers, the slow trains are still a fast friend that paves a path to opportunities in the outside world.

A senior passenger sits on board train No. 5810 which travels between Kashgar and Hotan in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Nov. 25, 2017. (Xinhua/Zhao Ge)
Three geese and other agricultural products are seen with passengers aboard train No. 5633 which travels between Puxiong and Panzhihua in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Aug. 14, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Kun)
Crew member Mu Jie (C) aboard train No. 6856 hands over a box of daily necessities ordered by a local herdsman at one of the stops along the trip from Erenhot to Hohhot in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Jan. 7, 2020. (Xinhua/Peng Yuan)