n December 29th, one woman broke perhaps the most important rule of train travel — never try to carry on a durian.
Security at the entrance of a railway station in the Zhejiang city of Quzhou refused to allow the woman inside with the stinky fruit. So, she was left with a choice, abandon the durian and let it go to waste or hastily devour it. She chose the latter option.
After borrowing a saw, she clumsily hacked open the durian and started eating, managing to consume the whole thing before setting off to catch her train.
She is not the first traveler to fall afoul of durian travel restrictions in China. Back in 2016 at a railway station in Anhui province, a woman wolfed down 5kg of durian, only stopping when her train was about to leave and her nose had started bleeding. The following year, another woman at a Sichuan railway station devoured two durians on the spot after being similarly stopped by security.
While some enjoy the sweet taste of Southeast Asia’s “King of Fruit,” many find the smell simply unbearable. Back in 2013, Sydney officials evacuated a building after mistaking the smell of durian for a gas leak.