Good food on high-speed rail? Yup.

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CHINA DAILY

As a reg­u­lar high-speed rail pas­sen­ger, Wang Xiao­qing has long been tired of the limited food choices.

On Tues­day, how­ever, Wang had her lunch — chicken with rice, peach juice and beans — de­liv­ered to her seat for the first time as she was trav­el­ing by bul­let train from Ji­nan, Shan­dong prov­ince, to Shang­hai.

It’s the lat­est new fea­ture of­fered by the ever-im­prov­ing high-speed rail­way sys­tem in China.

“It feels just like or­der­ing food at home with a va­ri­ety of choices. I would cer­tainly rec­om­mend this ser­vice to my friends,” the 35-year-old said.

She spent 43 yuan ($6.40) on the lunch. The price in­cluded a de­liv­ery fee of 8 yuan.

On Mon­day, 27 ma­jor rail sta­tions in 24 big cities, in­clud­ing Xi’an, Shang­hai, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Nan­jing, Hangzhou and Chengdu, launched an on-de­mand food de­liv­ery ser­vice for high­speed trains pass­ing through the sta­tions.

The pilot pro­gram’s menu varies from sta­tion to sta­tion, with dis­tinc­tive lo­cal fea­tures. For ex­am­ple, you can or­der goubuli baozi —a steamed stuffed bun that’s a sig­na­ture food of Tian­jin — if your train stops at the north­ern port city. Some spicy food is on of­fer when the train sta­tions stops in Sichuan prov­ince.

In ad­di­tion to tra­di­tional Chi­nese dishes, Western style fast food, in­clud­ing KFC, is avail­able on most trains. Prices are sim­i­lar to those on pop­u­lar food de­liv­ery apps in cities.

Pas­sen­gers are asked to or­der on China Rail­way Corp’s ticket-book­ing web­site or via its app two hours be­fore the train is sched­uled to ar­rive at the se­lected sta­tion.

The or­der will be can­celed if the train is can­celed or de­layed for more than 30 min­utes, and pas­sen­gers will get a re­fund.

On-de­mand food de­liv­ery ser­vices have been boom­ing in China over the past few years, aided by a fast-grow­ing ex­press de­liv­ery in­dus­try and peo­ple’s em­brace of mo­bile phones and pay­ments.

The food de­liv­ery on the train is aimed at com­ple­ment­ing meals of­fered by the rail­way op­er­a­tor, which are of­ten crit­i­cized as hav­ing low qual­ity and high prices.

in 24 ma­jor cities have launched the on-de­mand food de­liv­ery ser­vice for high-speed trains.

Xinhua con­trib­uted to this story.

HANG XINGWEI / FOR CHINA DAILY

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