Late passenger travelling home for Chinese New Year begs staff to allow him onto train

By Tamia Tang, January 28, 2014

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A late passenger begged staff on his knees to let him board a train departing Hangzhou at noon Sunday.

According to the Southern Metro Daily, the man rushed through the fare check, only to find the gates leading to the platform had just been closed. He then dropped to his knees in front of railway staff, pleading with them to let him board the train.

After checking the train number on his ticket, the staff declined the man's request because the train had already departed. The staff then tried to calm the emotional man. He was finally advised to change his ticket to the next train.

There is an ancient Chinese saying, "A real man will not kneel down easily." The passenger's actions revealed his great desire to get home for the holidays. Going home for Spring Festival is considered a big deal in China, especially for those workers and students who study and work outside of their hometowns. However, travelling during the festival period can be incredibly difficult, as the world's largest annual human migration takes place. 

[Image via SMD]

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