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The Moving Market: Celebrating Chinese New Year on Rails in SW China

By CHANG CHEN|Feb 07,2024

Chongqing - As Chinese New Year's Eve approaches, the 5630 train from Zunyi to Chongqing in Southwest China buzzes with activities. 

Passengers can enjoy a market on the train, taste the New Year's Eve dinner from Tongzi and Guizhou, and appreciate intangible cultural heritage performances. Additionally, locals along the route can sell their agricultural products on the train and purchase goods for the New Year, creating a strong sense of happiness and achievement for everyone involved.

As Chinese New Year's Eve approaches, the 5630 train from Zunyi to Chongqing in Southwest China was bustling with life. (Photo provided to iChongqing and Bridging News)

On the morning of February 5, at the Zunyi Railway Station in Guizhou, passengers were seen taking photos with a Year of the Dragon photo frame. At 10:53 AM, with a whistle, a train carrying New Year goods and agricultural products slowly left the station for Chongqing West Station. The train passed through 21 stations, including Songba, Loushanguan, and Tongzi. The carriages were decorated with lights, Spring Festival couplets, Chinese knots, and decorations for the Year of the Dragon, adding to the festive atmosphere.

The carriages were decorated with Spring Festival couplets, Chinese knots, and decorations for the Year of the Dragon. Along the route, locals could sell their agricultural products on the train and purchase goods for the New Year. (Photo provided to iChongqing and Bridging News)

Since the start of this year's Spring Festival travel rush, the relevant departments have organized a "New Year Goods Market" on the train to facilitate the locals along the route in purchasing New Year goods. In the market carriage, locals could not only buy New Year's goods but also sell their home-grown fruits and vegetables, poultry, and cured meat products. The goods were in such high demand that they often sold out quickly to passengers.

In the market carriage, locals could not only buy New Year's goods but also sell their home-grown fruits and vegetables, poultry, and cured meat products. (Photo provided to iChongqing and Bridging News)

Besides purchasing agricultural products and New Year goods, passengers could enjoy Guizhou-specific intangible cultural heritage programs, including dance and song performances, enriching their travel experience.

Passengers could enjoy Guizhou-specific intangible cultural heritage programs, including dance and song performances, enriching their travel experience. (Photo provided to iChongqing and Bridging News)

After watching performances and tasting delicacies, the carriage's long tables were filled with Tongzi region's intangible heritage cuisines. Passengers on this train could not only admire the passing scenery but also taste authentic Tongzi delicacies, experiencing the rich local culture.

The carriage's long tables were filled with the Tongzi region's intangible heritage cuisines, and passengers on this train could taste authentic Tongzi delicacies and experience the rich local culture. (Photo provided to iChongqing and Bridging News)

Running daily between Zunyi, Guizhou, and Chongqing for the New Year, this train not only offers many tourists the chance to experience a "slow" life and purchase agricultural products and New Year goods but also serves as a "wealth-creating train" for locals along the route to increase their income.


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