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Innovative Air-Raid Shelter Market Opens for Chongqing's Metro-Riding Farmers

By CHANG CHEN|Jun 11,2024

Chongqing - Chongqing's "pack basket line," a popular nickname for the Chongqing Rail Transit Line 4, has become a vital connection for local farmers transporting fresh produce to the downtown. This line, stretching 48.5 kilometers from Shichuan Town in Yubei District to the central city, has recently inspired the launch of the new "pack basket market."

On the morning of May 25, many residents visited the pack basket market in the air-raid shelter near Hongtudi Station of Chongqing Rail Transit Line 10 to buy vegetables. (Photo/Liu Li)

At a press conference held by the State Council Information Office on June 5, themed "Promoting High-Quality Development," a Chongqing leader addressed the widespread attention on the "pack basket line." He explained, "The 'pack basket line' enables rural residents to bring their produce to the central city every morning. We have arranged security checks, seating, and market planning to ensure farmers can conveniently sell their goods while maintaining urban management."

Local authorities have converted an air-raid shelter near Hongtudi Metro Station into a free marketplace to support these commuting farmers who lacked fixed stalls. The "pack basket market" opened on May 18 and is currently in its trial phase, operating once a week on Saturday mornings from 8:00 to 11:00. Unlike traditional open-air markets, this venue offers a climate-controlled environment, providing a sheltered space for farmers and serving as a new urban landmark attracting city dwellers seeking fresh, affordable produce.

At 6:30 a.m. on May 25, farmers at Shichuan Station of Chongqing Rail Transit Line 4 prepare to board the train for the market. (Photo/Liu Li)

Early on the morning of May 25, farmers arrange their vegetables in the train carriage. (Photo/Liu Li)

The "pack basket line" had already garnered public attention before the market's establishment. Despite suggestions from some commuters to ban large items like vegetable baskets during peak hours, Chongqing Rail Transit officials responded that as long as behavior and items comply with regulations, no restrictions will be imposed. Complaints about potential messes caused by produce on the train can be reported, and staff are on hand to maintain cleanliness. This considerate response from transit authorities has been widely praised online.

Now, the story has taken a positive turn with the "pack basket market" in operation. The air-raid shelter market near Hongtudi Station, one of 18 such shelters in the area, was chosen for its central location. Naturally, cool conditions make it an ideal environment for both farmers and customers.

At 7:50 a.m. on May 25, farmers queue in an orderly to take the escalator out of the station. (Photo/Liu Li)

Farmers carry fresh vegetables at 8:00 a.m. on May 25 into the pack basket market in the air-raid shelter near Hongtudi Station of Chongqing Rail Transit Line 10. (Photo/Liu Li)

This innovative use of the air-raid shelter not only provides a convenient and weather-protected venue for farmers but also draws curious visitors who might not otherwise frequent a traditional market. This market means the farmers no longer have to roam the streets to sell their produce, sparing them from the elements and providing a stable selling environment. The market's unique charm and practicality have attracted many city residents, some traveling up to an hour to purchase the fresh, inexpensive produce.

While the "pack basket line" has been a touching story, the lack of permanent stalls often left farmers operating in less-than-ideal conditions, affecting traffic and urban aesthetics. The transition from the "pack basket line" to the "pack basket market" marks a significant step in enhancing service and support for these farmers, addressing their challenges, and offering tangible solutions.

At 8:00 a.m. on May 25, the pack basket market in the air-raid shelter near Hongtudi Station of Chongqing Rail Transit Line 10 was bustling. (Photo/Liu Li)

At 8:00 a.m. on May 25, the pack basket market in the air-raid shelter near Hongtudi Station of Chongqing Rail Transit Line 10 was thriving with both sellers and buyers. (Photo/Liu Li)

In the future, the "pack basket market" may increase its operating days to three per week, depending on local vegetable production, fostering a stronger connection between the city's residents and rural farmers.

The farmers' pack baskets, filled with fresh produce, symbolize both a means of livelihood and a simple wish for fair prices. The "pack basket line" and "pack basket market" reflect Chongqing's commitment to inclusivity, showcasing the city's warmth and community spirit.


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