Tracking China — Now Even Better

HSR trains at Beijing South

We are pleased to be introducing a host of new changes and improvements here on Tracking China — just like our nation’s good ol’ (or new!) HSR trains…

  • A new visual experience: This site is progressively introducing pictures with every page, and the trial versions of route maps and lists will be standardised. This will mean you will get all train info in a much easier-to-read format.
  • More frequent updates: We have decided to give readers updates nearly every single day in a more readable format. The popular In Brief one-liner will return on 15 June 2015.
  • Progressive restoration of previous content: These include all city metro and national railways-related content from the very early days. The very first elements of what is now Tracking China, in the form of early component sites, were created as very early stage content back in 2006. Some content may instead be diverted to other relevant sites in the Street Level China site network. The very earliest of available content now dates from December 2010. This is after a lot of unposted, relocated, or otherwise almost-“lost” content were recovered from nearly a full terabyte of once-sporadic backup data.
  • Full Links Inside the Site: You can now connect to an increasing number of stations and lines in newer articles. This feature will take some time to fully implement. It is hoped that full implementation of this on all articles posted on and after 01 June 2015 will be realised by 22 June 2015.

This also means we will be revising some of our older content. No more than 25% of existing content on any post or page will be “refreshed” or affected. This includes:

  • Standardising on UK English (in general), the 24-hour clock (with leading zeroes), and the D-M-Y date format (also with leading zeroes).
  • Adding pictures to articles that had none (as much as possible, this site will try to restore those pictures that are time and location-relevant).
  • Adding links to other pages inside the site, so to ensure you can directly click through to lines and stations mentioned in articles.
  • Introducing Chinese characters and, for articles posted on and after 29 December 2014, Chinese pinyin as well, for names of all stations (this will eventually be extended to all articles).

Recovery of all previous content will likely take a long time — the goal is to get this basically all done before this year is out. This is because what is now Tracking China used to be the 2012 edition of the site, in addition to previously separate sites — such as what used to be Beijingology, Civitology, Beijing A to B, and

Thank you for staying with Tracking China as your best source of Chinese rail and city metro information!

By David Feng

David Feng — founder and publisher, Tracking China, a Street Level China website.

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