Today, Wendy and I went to buy train tickets. It is spring festival, and train tickets are not easy to get.
We asked for train #282, from Shanghai to Chendong.
The person inside the counter said: “There is nothing for this train in the next 11 days now. No sleeper ticket, no soft seats, no hard seats, and even standing tickets were sold out”.
In rush time like the Spring Festival, people buy “Standing Tickets”. Every square meter of free space on the train will be full of people with “standing tickets”. It is the same price as the ticket with seat. The different is, you have to stand there all they way, 30 hours or longer. I used to buy that kind of tickets when I was a student. I stood for 18 hours from Shanghai to Luoyang. That itself is OK, but the hard part is, if your standing place is far from the WC, you will have trouble.
But now it is out of my consideration to stand on a train for many days.
Well. The question is, even if you WANT to stand on the train, you don’t have the chance, since there are so many people standing there already. Standing tickets were sold out.
Wendy asked: “How about tickets after 11 days?”
She asked because all tickets are sold 11 days in advance.
The person said: “No. Don’t try that.”
Wendy was upset: “Then where are the tickets?”
The person replied: “If I tell you, I put all the ticket in my own pocket, do you believe it? Next!”
Good answer. It seems to me that thousands of tickets for that train didn’t go to her pocket, but where are the train tickets?