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All IDs to be checked on trains to Beijing

( Updated: 2012-10-23 13:10


All IDs to be checked on trains to Beijing

A woman shows her ID in Lianyungang, East China's Jiangsu province in this Oct 29, 2011 file photo. [Photo by Geng Yuhe/Asianewsphoto] 


Train travelers will have to take along their identification cards when heading toward Beijing, Xinjiang or Tibet, the Hangzhou-based Qianjiang Evening News reported.

Starting Oct 23, passengers taking trains to the capital city, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region and Tibet autonomous region will all go through identification checks before boarding, according to the Shanghai Railway Bureau.

Chinese railway introduced a real-name system to stem the rampant ticket scalping that has plagued the Spring Festival travel rush for years, requiring all train ticket buyers to register their names and implementing a spot check of ID cards before boarding the train.

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