I’d blogged earlier about the way to board trains here and I’ve finally uploaded my pictures from the trip, so I thought I’d share some here to put it in context.
After buying a ticket, you’re sent to another door, where the queuing area and platform indicators are:
Once you find the platform you then sit in the waiting area which is above the platform. Over to the right (not pictured) is a bathroom and drinking water area. There were tons of people inside filling up instant noodle cups with the hot water.
Once the boarding starts (which is when the train has arrived), there’s a massive surge of humanity towards the staircase and people quickly make their way in to the train:
It’s very unlike any train boarding procedures I’ve done elsewhere, but it’s probably necessary since you have so many millions of people using the trains on a regular basis.
The picture gallery from Suzhou is online now, if you want to see the city as well.