The tracks of China
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Thinking about a trip to China? It doesn’t matter what food you eat or which festivals you attend. If you really want to experience Chinese culture you need to meet its people. The best, if unconventional way, to do this is on its trains. Do yourself a favour and pick both a northern and southern province to visit; the differences between the two Chinese hemispheres makes the notion of a north-south divide in England laughable, and then get a train between the two. The Chinese are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet, despite some cultural differences that might just shock you into open-mouthed astonishment until you become accustomed to them; they think it is acceptable to litter... well, everywhere, they side-step any form of queuing preferring to simply shove everyone in their immediate vicinity, and consider a vacuum packed chicken’s foot a tasty snack. However, they are motivated by the genuine desire to be helpful and no where does this become more apparent than in a cramped train carriage.
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