Traveling by rail is a popular choice in China. During last weekend’s traditional Dragon Boat Festival, 7.5 million passengers chose to take the train for the three day holiday.
But the pandemic has altered what train travel looks like. Passengers now must wear masks during the entire trip. At the departure gate, a high-raised infrared thermometer detects the passengers’ temperature when they pass. And once on the train, the attendant checks every passenger’s temperature.
When passengers arrive at their destination they must use WeChat or Alipay to scan a QR code to get an e-form to apply for a health code. For passengers who do not have a smartphone, they need to fill in a paper form to get a printed health code. A green code means you may move about unrestricted. Someone with a yellow code may be asked to stay home for seven days. Red code means you must quarantine for two weeks.