The Real-name Train Ticket Purchase System Launched
With the largest population in the world and an underdeveloped railway system，China is notorious for making train tickets particularly hard to purchase for ordinary citizens, especially during the Spring Festival when the railway is the primary means of transportation. As a result， ticket scalpers have proliferated, monopolizing a large quantity of tickets by either hiring people to buy tickets or conspiring with the ticket sellers within the railway stations.
As the entire nation’s outrage over ticket scarcity keeps mounting， the Chinese government has introduced the drastic measure that citizens purchase train tickets with valid personal IDs. The system is designed primarily to crack down on ticket scalpers whose business has developed into a major industry. By allowing each individual to buy only one ticket， the system seeks to make tickets accessible to people in real need， rather than controlled by a small number of profit-seeking and illegal scalpers.
However， this reformatory measure， while somewhat easing ticket scarcity， creates new problems. Buyers find the whole buying process troublesome and time-consuming. When boarding the train， the passenger who forgets to bring his valid ID certificate will be denied access to the train. I believe the introduction of each new system is coupled with shortcomings and there must be ways to improve the system as it is enforced. Of course， we look forward to the day when China’s railway networks are so sufficiently developed that tickets are readily available to anyone at any time.