We Now Return to Regular Broadcasting…

Posted by on Feb 16, 2013 in Trains | No Comments

10:03 (UTC+08:00), 16 FEB 2013 | CHN BEIJING

(Read on to understand why a non-David Feng person is here.)

It’s no mistake I’ve been out and about as of late. What did we have in the past 6 weeks… Shanghai, Hangzhou, Zhenjiang, Hefei, Shijiazhuang, Harbin, Taiyuan, Xi’an, Luoyang, Zhengzhou, Tianjin, Zhangjiakou, Tangshan… and that’s in no particular order…

I did Wuhan last year with my wife — and we were there for the first time in 2011. In the past years, we’ve done all of Wuhan’s three rail hubs. On Weibo, one of my friends reported of an alarming number of visitors who got the names and places of Wuhan’s three rail hubs wrong — Wuhan, Wuchang and Hankou. By bus, these guys are over an hour apart from one another — so you won’t want to hit the wrong station — especially if time’s killing you!

The pic you’re seeing is the version CCTV re-edited for a mainly Chinese audience. You’re seeing the works below — I did this in Pages while I was waiting for my wife’s best friend to spawn. (It’s a she.) The baby took forever, so the map was born earlier.

I’ve done over 170,000 km on the rails worldwide — and I look set to hitting 100,000 km for China around this year or so. I’ve two things I love to do for our rails: create Swiss-ish looking maps and cleaning up the Chinglish. So what do you do when you can’t teach for two months (holidays be “thanked”)? You help the rails perfect their Chinglish.

Oh and get their maps up in order.

These maps took probably 20 minutes to do (bus info hat tip to Wuhan Volunteers at the train station). In this day and age where you sue everyone for the most minor of IPR infractions, it’s nice to know that David is no fan of lawsuits of maps done for the public good…