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China to Verify Passengers’ Names against Train Tickets

China will require passengers to provide their names when purchasing a train ticket. The passenger will then have to show an ID with the same name to board the train. During the massive railway travel season for the upcoming Chinese New Year, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Xi’an, Chongqing, Chengdu, and many other cities will initiate a name verification pilot project.

Twenty-five types of proof of identity will be accepted, including a residential card, a temporary residential card, a driver’s license, a military officer ID, a student ID, a passport, an alien residence card, and a temporary ID card issued by the Railway Police Office.

Source: People’s Daily Online, January 11, 2011