Passengers who are severely or permanently disabled (and can provide qualifying China-issued identification documents that observe their disability) can now travel assured, knowing that the railways have reserved tickets for them on trains. This will further make it easier for these passengers to buy a ticket and travel.
These tickets will be available beginning from the date when advance tickets for such trains will be available until 24 hours prior to departure. Those eligible will qualify for such tickets, which will be marked accordingly with the Chinese character zhuan (专).
It is not known if passengers from abroad qualify, but if anything, they might wish to try with a certified bilingual document which can equate to a Chinese equivalent. However, eligibility is confirmed for the moment for passengers who can present one of the following:
1. Holders of a Disability ID of the People’s Republic of China who have a first or second-tier Type III visual, physical or mental disability.
2. Holders of a Disabled Veteran or Disabled Police documentation issued by the People’s Republic of China with a level of disability from tiers 1 through 6.
Personal ticketing shall also apply to all injured or disabled passengers. This means that, in addition to providing their disability ID document, they shall need to show another form of documentation — such as an ID card or passport. Otherwise, they might end up regarded as travelling without a valid ticket.
The notice at the Beijing South Railway Station hints that dedicated counters are available for these passengers. At Beijing South, Counter 15 in Ticket Hall 2 on the Departures level will serve these passengers. Furthermore, tickets reserved from travellers with injuries or disabilities are available from all staffed counters at this station.
This item was first posted in a constituent site which was later merged with Tracking China. It was posted before 2012 and may contain outdated content. If a specific date/timestamp was not found, the default used instead is at 12 noon Beijing time.