The Story – Next Station: China

It started in 2009: David Feng was making frequent journey between Beijing and Shanghai. However, as this was about two years before the high speed railway link opened between the two Chinese megalopolises, the trip had to be made by air — and domestic flights were subject to heavy delays, sometimes upwards of more than two hours. A delay was a delay, no matter if it was in First Class or Economy. David felt that the plane could no longer hold the key to longer-distance travel across China, so starting in 2010, he started “converting” to planes, first taking the Beijing-Qingdao route by train only, and then for longer destinations.

Those train journey got David an idea of how China really looked. From the older stations and older parts of rural centres around them, through to ultra-modern HSR megahubs, the temptation was there to get off at every single station along the way. One of David’s media friends in 2009 started taking a camera, travelling around China, and producing media shows. That was it for a first spark of inspiration.

Fast forward to early 2017. David had already “taken onboard” many international passengers through his livecasts of stations as well the opening of the Kunming-Guiyang stretch of the Shanghai-Kunming HSR. This meant that he had a sizeable audience from many nations interested in Chinese railways. In February 2017, he noted the launch of a similar “visit all the stations” project for Great Britain, All the Stations, launched by Geoff Marshall and Vicki Pipe, well immersed in the rail world, but especially London Underground world, of the UK. Much inspired, David decided to take this a step further and actually visit all stations in person — not just content with being onboard a train that merely calls there. He also bought his 360° camera along. At that time, he also remembered that his 2012 discovery of the many stations on the epic Baoji-Chengdu Railway in Central and Western China further rekindled his interest in going to all stations — and seeing China from all of them.

David’s epic journey to the 2,306+ railway stations across just the Mainland of China began 18 April 2017 — to him, visiting “just” 30 Chinese provinces (or autonomous regions, or centrally governed municipalities or SARs, and the ilk) was merely the appetiser. He welcomes you onboard the trip, which will be tweeted, posted on Facebook and Instagram, and see frequent updates on YouTube, Weibo, and WeChat, as well as a number of live broadcasts on Periscope.

Travelling to the ends of China: These are the stations he’s visited which are closest to the ends of the country… (Last updated 25 November 2017)

  • Most northernly station: Harbin North (Harbinbei)
  • Most eastern station: Dalian North (Dalianbei), Shanghai
  • Most southernly station: Xiamen
  • Most westernly station: Jiayuguan South (Jiayuguannan)
  • Station of highest elevation: Caka / Chaka, 3100 masl
  • Station of lowest elevation: Qingdao, 0 masl

The Kit

  • MacBook Pro 15-inch, 2 TB hard drive (as of October 2017)
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch, 1 TB hard drive (through to October 2017)
  • MacBook 12-inch Retina (tweets at times)
  • iPhone 7 Plus with Shure USB external microphone (1080p30)
  • Insta360 camera