Nostalgic China 1992 – Train Journey from Beijing to Daqing

In February/March 1992 I made a business trip to China. After arriving in Beijing I took a long train ride from Beijing to Daqing in the north of China accompanied by my Chinese agent. I recall it took in the order of 20-22 hours. It was an interesting journey with a great opportunity to observe life in rural China as we passed through many small towns and villages and through agricultural land.

These photos were captured on a Canon film camera and the negatives subsequently scanned and then post processed in Capture One Pro. The image quality in many cases is rather poor as many of the negatives were damaged by heat and humidity over time but this is a wonderful record of this incredible journey in China.

Much of the journey we passed through vast areas of flat agricultural land and I could see people working out in these barren fields. It was still winter and extremely cold so the landscape looked very brown and bleak.

In many places we passed through we saw many old steam engines still operating which made it look like you had travelled back in time ……. which indeed you had!

We stopped at a station to change trains I think at one point and getting out into the sub-zero temperatures (in the region of -15 to -20 deg C) was a bracing experience having just travelled from tropical Singapore the day or two before.


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3 thoughts on “Nostalgic China 1992 – Train Journey from Beijing to Daqing

  1. Looks like you had an amazing trip travelling back in time. I wonder how different the same journey would be now.

    1. The train system now in China is excellent with some very fast bullet trains just like Japan. And I’m sure many of the small rural towns are now thriving cities!!

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