One train home 中國|慢慢回家路-7小時廣州到吉安

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First month in China , I begin to dream of the next holiday I want to travel to, the remote city, town, mountains and water …, just thinking about it, I write down more and more names on the notebook, looking at the map that I will travel all over China, probably six months after the idea has completely disappeared.

If you ask me ten of my colleagues where are they from, eleven of them non-from the local, even thousands of miles away from their husband or wife, may meet each other two times a year (lunar new year and national day), let alone the children, I have seen them tease children with tablet or mobile video, I feel very incredible. Remember the first time I travel from Dongguan to Guangzhou in the Dragon Boat Festival, like Tainan to Kaohsiung as the time distance, the station has been filled, the crowds was same as the scene of Taiwan’s New Year, especially the circular corridor channel to the platform, people were like refugees carried luggage and bags slowly squeeze forward (which description of other strangers), since then, I have to cancel the idea of traveling on holidays. In fact, on the usual weekend, Guangzhou is almost such like this. Media says it is the"World’s Largest Human Migration" to describe the Lunar new year period, " a period of travel in China with extremely high traffic load around the time of the Chinese New Year." I can not think of our ordinary life convenience, is built in the Chinese migrant workers miles away from home. all of the above, people just looking for a better life.

Mid-Autumn Festival in 2016, I finally traveled to Jiangxi Ji’an. About a month ago, I made the decision to travel with my colleague back to her family, this trip particularly impressed me.

Here’re some tips
must book the tickets previously – China Railway network booking system definitely more convenient than the Taiwan Railway, and the Taiwan Railway system has never upgraded, I really do not know why? You can go to the train station to take tickets from the window or machine,  foreigners with passports can only take it from the window. Remember to take it at least one hour early, because lots of people are waiting in line. Or, usually there’s a shop in the community that “sell train tickets, bus tickets," this shop usually looks like a cheat, but it is really convenient, as long as pay 5RMB can take one ticket, but it’s 5RMB for each ticket!

cut in line – After more than a year here, I learned to cut in line this matter. the day to Ji’an, was from Guangzhou South Station 7:40 in the morning train, because we could not get up early, we began to run from the subway exit at 7:20, 20 minutes was not enough to reach the platform. In fact, I was astonished at the outside of the train station, how come the train station so big? How are so many people? How are so many waiting lines? Usually there is two security check before entering the metro or train, same as taking a plane.

  • they check your passport and ticket
  • and luggage

There are tons of migrant workers came to work in Guangzhou. There are north, west, south and east Guangzou stations … every station is a big one, in order to facilitate the check, they took a dozen sheds, according to the number of ticket. When we told people we are in a hurry, they let us jumped queue. My colleague took me  all the way and said the same to people, all of them let us to the front  got the stamp and had luggages checked.

I simply didn’t know the situation, only followed my colleague. Fortunately at the time, our train delayed 20 minutes! This is LIFE, when you run for purposes and have hard time, do not know what you are reaching, and finally God give you a breathing space, to take a rest to think about all this is WHY, WHAT FOR?


來到中國的第一個月開始,我便開始夢想著接下來的假期我要旅行到哪些遠方的城市、古鎮、名山勝水…,想著想著,筆記本上寫的地名越來越多,看著地圖覺得我就要踏遍中國各地了,大概不到半年後這念頭已完全消失。

問問我的同事來自哪裡,十個有十一個非來自本地,甚至與老公或老婆分別千里,一年可能只見兩次面(新年一次、十一國慶一次),更別說小孩了,我看過他們用平板或手機視訊逗小孩,覺得很不可思議。還記得在端午節時第一次從東莞到廣州,大概就像台南去高雄那樣的時間距離,車站已擠得水洩不通,路上的人潮以為是台灣過年時才有的情景,尤其從通道要走到月台的那個圓形長廊,大家像難民一樣帶著大包小包緩慢擠向前(這是我聽旁人的描述),從此後,我已打消在節假日遠行的念頭。其實在平常的周末廣州幾乎都是這樣的景象,新聞更是以「地表最大的人類遷徙」來描述過年時期全中國的人口移動,想不到我們平常生活的便利,是建立在中國民工的離家千萬里只為討人生之上,說到底,大家只是為了過更好的生活。

2016的中秋節,我終於遠行到江西吉安了,在一個月前就先跟同事討論好一起回她家過節,這次的旅行特別讓我印象深刻。

提前訂火車票-中國鐵路的網路訂票系統比台鐵方便千百倍,而台鐵的系統從來都不改版實在不知道為什麼?訂完可以到火車站取票機或窗口取票,拿護照的外國人只能到窗口取票,到窗口取票千萬記得至少提早一小時取票,因為買票的人也很多,或者,居住的小區通常會有個小店寫著「售火車票、大巴票」,這種店通常看起來很像在騙人的,但是他真的很方便,只要多付5RMB就能取票或購票,不過是一張5RMB,而不是一次5RMB!

插隊-來中國一年多,我才學會插隊這件事,往吉安的那天是在廣州南站早上7:40的火車,由於無法早起的我們,7:20從出了地鐵口就開始衝,提早二十分鐘到是不夠的,其實到火車站的外面我就傻眼了,火車站怎麼這麼大?怎麼這麼多人?怎麼這麼多列?通常搭地鐵或火車都要通過兩道安檢,跟搭飛機一樣

  • 檢查車票及護照
  • 檢查行李

因為有千萬民工跑來廣州工作,廣州不但有東西南北站…每一站都是很大一個,為了方便審查,他們搭了十幾個棚子,依照車次編號分了好幾排,這時候大家發揮同情心讓我們插隊,同事拉著我,一邊走一邊告訴人我們的車就要到了,大家一路讓我們到最前面蓋章通過,檢查行李時也是。

我根本搞不清楚狀況,只是跟著同事一直奔,幸好到等候處的時候,班次延誤二十分鐘!這就是人生哎,當你汲汲茫茫為了某事奔波,不知道自己為了什麼而這麼趕,最後上天卻給你一個喘息的機會,要好好休息想一想這一切是為什麼、為了什麼?


這些照片是2015年中秋節的東莞巴士站,我正在等車去肇慶。Took in Mid-Autimn Festival in 2015, at Dongguan bus station, waiting to leave for Zaoqing.

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