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China's journey through green trains

2015-12-14 18:55 ChineseTime

China journey through green trains

A green train travels from Luoyang to Xinxiang in Central China's Henan province. [Photo by Qian Haifeng/photoint.net]

The Green Train, which often refers to an old-style train with green carriages, was the most common way of transportation for ordinary Chinese people before the era of high-speed rails.

A reference to the green train immediately reminds someone of the low-income earners, such as, migrant works. As a way of transportation for grassroots, it offers a much cheaper ticket for people to travel across China than the high-speed rail.

Qian Haifeng, a backpacker and photography enthusiast, uses his lens to record the travelers who depend on the green trains for their transportation.

China journey through green trains

Travelers dragging their luggage are about to board a train.

In Qian's eyes, the slow moving train is full of life with people playing cards, eating, chatting, reading and surfing online, and the carriages are also filled with different food smells and dialects.

Qian Haifeng's Green Train is an award-winning work at 2015 Lianzhou Foto Festival. He spent eight years travelling around China in more than 200 green trains to record ordinary Chinese people's life.

Qian said the green trains recording the life of the most common people is the best way to tell the Chinese story, but the arrival of the era of high-speed rail is making these trains gradually fade out of our sight.

China journey through green trains
Travelers wait to board a train.

China journey through green trains
Two migrant workers listen to music on a train.

China journey through green trains
A conductor checks tickets while a girl washes herself.

China journey through green trains
A mother carries her child across the crowded carriage.

China journey through green trains
A girl looks out of the window in a green train.

(Chinadaily)

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