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May 25, 2022 08:18 PM
CHINA

‘I Must Leave Shanghai’ — Tales of Train Station Frustration

Passengers line up at the entrance of Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai, on May 19. Photo: Courtesy of interviewees
Passengers line up at the entrance of Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai, on May 19. Photo: Courtesy of interviewees

After a grueling six-hour walk, Chen Peng finally arrived at the vicinity of the Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station early Thursday morning, only to discover a queue stretching for nearly 2 kilometers of travelers waiting to enter the station.

The railway station is a key transport hub for intercity travel, for leaving and arriving in Shanghai. With the city easing lockdowns, many had flocked to the station to proceed with travel plans that were hijacked by Covid restrictions.

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