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China's latest cyberwar: the battle for Chinese New Year train tickets

Published Sun, Feb 15, 2015 · 09:50 PM
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CHINESE tradition requires people to gather at their family home before the Lunar New Year begins - on Feb 19 this year - with authorities expecting more than 2.8 billion trips to be taken over the festive period.

Rail is one of the favoured ways to travel and while historically there have been endless queues at the ticket windows, China's official train booking website 12306.cn is helping to relieve congestion in stations and kiosks.

But with such huge demand. users say it can be still be an exercise in hair-tearing frustration. Posters on social media say the booking website is "more difficult to access than the Diaoyu Islands" - the uninhabited East China Sea archipelago disputed b…

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