A man eats lunch on a sleeper train in Shandong Province, China.
Crowds wait for their trains at the Shanghai Railway Station in Shanghai, China.
Military police (People's Armed Police) look over a crowd waiting to buy train tickets at the Kunming Railway Station for the Spring Festival peak travel period in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China.
Crowds flood out from the Beijing West Railway Station in Beijing, China, during the national holiday's so-called Golden Week. Official statistics state that the record numbers of travelers packed China's various modes of transportation during the Golden Week.
A young boy and girl look out windows on a passenger train in Gansu Province, China.
Travelers sit and sleep in a crowded hard-seat passenger train car in Gansu Province, China.
Train attendants move through a crowded passenger car to sell food and toys to passengers in China.
Passengers wait for a train to leave in Haerbin, Heilongjiang, China.
Travelers leave Shanghai, China, by train.
Travelers exit a train car in Hefei, Anhui, China.
Travelers rest and sleep in a doorway between train cars in Gansu Province, China.
People ride a sleeper train in Shandong Province, China.
A train waits on the tracks in Shanghai, China.
A woman looks out of a train car in Shanghai, China.
China’s Crowded Railways
China’s transportation infrastructure is stretched to its breaking point. The country has the highest number of passenger kilometers in the world, and the rate and distance of travel increases each year. Train lines routinely run at capacity, with passengers crammed into standing-room only cars. Each year, holiday travel periods set world records for the number of people traveling in a given period. In response, the country has built thousands of miles of new roads, railroads, and high capacity transportation infrastructure.