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Sidetrack - Raising the bar

21 Mar 2009

CHINA: Children up to 1500 mm tall can now travel on half-fare tickets, the Ministry of Railways has announced. The previous height limit was 1400 mm, but this has had to be changed to reflect the increase in the average height of children as standards of living improve.

According to the Ministry of Health, the average height of six-year-old boys in China has increased from 1123 mm in 1975 to 1187 mm in 2005, and girls from 1115 mm to 1177 mm.