The COVID-19 pandemic in China has now spread to at least 29 provinces. Local governments have locked down areas under a “zero-COVID” policy and restricted people’s travel. Repots are that many train stations are on the verge of collapse, and scenes of crowded train stations have disappeared.

On October 26, the “An ordinary Chinese” YouTube channel released a video with the description: “Many train stations across the country are on the verge of collapse, the train station in Jincheng town, Shanxi province is closed! The station in Foshan city, Guangdong province, in Wuchang county, Wuhan city is falling into a terrible situation. Where has everyone gone? No passengers are the reason for the stations’ closures. Are the farmers and workers not going to work anymore?”

In the video, there are very few people in the large square at Foshan train station, Guangdong province, and no one at the entrance. A man said as he walked, “The former Foshan train station was the first place that migrant workers entered when they arrived in Foshan.” He went on, “It is a new first-class city with a population of more than 8 million, but the train station is empty, sadly! I have been walking for such a long time, but only saw a few people.”

In Jincheng town, Shanxi province, with a population of more than 2.3 million, the train station is also very gloomy, with only one nucleic acid test site with people passing by. A man said, “Jincheng train station used to be the most prosperous gathering place and transporting passengers in Jincheng town.” Now that the entrance is closed, there is no one in the ticket office, and all the ticketing windows are closed. A notice said that, due to the impact of passenger traffic, the station is temporarily closed. Train departure times will be announced later.

The population of Xinxiang City, Henan Province is more than 6 million, but the large square at Xinxiang Railway Station is also empty and no one even passing by. A man said, “Nobody, empty. This place used to be crowded with people.” Many bus stops in the square also did not have any buses. The first floor of the station is all closed.

The train station in Wuchang County, Wuhan City, Hubei Province also did not have many passengers. Very few stations and shops are open. One man said that the rent for a large store is more than 100,000 yuan (about $13,800) a month, while a smaller store costs between 40,000 and 50,000 yuan.

In another video, at Futian station in Shenzhen city, Guangdong province, the large waiting room is also empty. The scene is empty and quiet.

During the three years of pandemic in China, officials have always emphasized the need to “eliminate COVID.” Extreme lockdowns are everywhere. It has not only caused countless secondary humanitarian disasters, but also restricted people’s movements, and the real “culprit” of this tragedy is the CCP’s “zero-COVID” policy.

According to RFA, during the CCP’s 20th National Congress People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the CCP, published an article for three consecutive days, insisting that “zero-COVID” must be adhered to. In the report to the congress, Xi Jinping once again emphasized the need to adhere to the “zero-COVID” policy. This has completely disillusioned many people’s expectations that China can relax its pandemic restrictions after the 20th National Congress.

Sign up to receive our latest news!

By submitting this form, I agree to the terms.