Our forum members have already discussed the issue for train ticket purchase. Foreign rail passengers may spend more time to purchase bullet train tickets (high speed train) in ticket booths once a "real-name" booking system is introduced later in June 2011.
Unlike local Chinese passengers who can use their personal ID cards, expatriates/foreigners need to provide passports or other identification. "The information on these identification will require more time for the ticket booths to verify and input," said a railway official at Shanghai Railway Station yesterday. The additional problem is that most of these ticket staff may not speak a good English or other foreign languages which could cause a misunderstanding.