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Scramble for holiday rail tickets

RAILWAY authorities have reminded passengers to arrive early at railway stations as tickets for the eight-day holiday starting on October 1 are selling like hot cakes.

Tickets to some destinations such as Beijing are the top-selling, but there are plenty of tickets to cities in the Yangtze River delta region because more trains run on those routes, authorities said.

Rail operators also plan to add more bullet trains to cope with record high passenger flow during the holiday.

More than 64 million people are expected to travel by rail from September 28 to October 8, a 9.3 percent rise from last year, said China Railway Administration yesterday.

"Obviously tickets are in short supply," said Han Yi, a spokesman for Shanghai Railway Station.

The city's 227 agencies started selling holiday railway tickets today.

Meanwhile, security checks have been beefed up in the city's two railway stations as each passenger has to pass through check points or open their luggage if necessary. Guards are checking for items such as fireworks, gasoline, poisons, corrosive materials and chemicals.


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