K322 to Wuyishan

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Fuzhou train station is located in the northern suburbs of the city and the design of the train station is similar to that of many train stations in China which had been rebuilt.
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Interior of the train station
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After clearing security on the second level, one is greeted with a huge electronic destination board which lists trips to a myraid of destinations. Apart from the usual multi stop trains to neighbouring provinces, there are even direct sleeper trains to Beijing. My trip would be K322 which terminates at Hefei and is scheduled to depart at 1355hrs. In general, the more digits the trip number has, the more stops and hence the slower the train is.
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Ticket from Fuzhou to Wuyishan. As part of a string of measures to deter fare cheats and freeloaders, misplacing this ticket upon arrival would mean that one has to fork out the fare again before one can exit the station.
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The waiting hall for K322 alone is packed with hundreds of passengers, many of whom lug huge cumbersome luggage.
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Fortunately, one could pay RMB10 (SGD2.10 / RM5) to enjoy lounge access and priority boarding. This allowed for a much more relaxed trip!
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The lounge is fitted with soft leather sofas instead of the hard plastic/metal chairs in the waiting hall. An attendant also serves tea. The lounge is run by the local railway bureau's travel service which means that a staff also doubles up as a travel agent to assist single travellers in making hotel and tour bookings at their destinations if required.
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Boarding was called about 10mins before the main bulk of the passengers in the waiting area were allowed to board. This extra time allowed me to walk to the end of the platform to grab a photo of the locomotive which would be hauling my train. Most locomotives in China that are hauling passenger trains are painted bright orange, such as this Dong Feng 4, while locomotives on cargo services are painted in dull green instead.
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Destination signs at the side of the train to ensure that one is on the correct train.
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The interior of the yingzhuo 硬座(hard seat) carriage is fitted in a 3+2 arrangement. The ruanzhuo 软座(soft seat) class has reclinable seats with seats in a 2-2 arrangement instead. In addition, there are also ruanwo 软卧(soft sleeper - 4 bunks in a seperate compartment) and yingwo 硬卧(hard sleeper - row of bunks with only a privacy curtain).
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Carriage 11, Yingzhuo (YZ), carriage registration YZ25G 030185. The carriage has a licensed carrying capacity of 118 passengers.
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The scheduled journey time is 5hrs 30mins and the track follows the Min Jiang 闽江upstream to its source in Wuyishan.
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Headrest covers indicate that this train is operated by Hefei Railway Directorate. The seat positions are listed on the diagram pasted besides the window.
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