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Published on : Monday, July 3, 2017
China Railway Corporation announced a new timetable from July 1, 2017 to improve the transporting capacity and accommodate the pressure of summer travel rush. Extra high-speed trains will run on the peak travel dates.
With the opening of Baoji-Lanzhou High Speed Railway, Lanzhou will be further involved into the high-speed railway network and is the most significant change in the timetable.
Together with Lanzhou-Urumqi High Speed Railway opened in 2014 to the west, Lanzhou will be linked with Urumqi in the northwest and Xuzhou in east China. Bullet trains between Lanzhou and major tourist destinations, including Guangzhou, Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Xian will be opened after the adjustment.
The summer travel rush in China is not a new phenomenon. Around early July, graduates of middle schools, high schools and colleges celebrate graduations by travel. At the same time, other students are dismissed from schools to go back home or go travelling accompanied by parents. They together with the tourists lead to a travel rush during July – August month.
This summer it is expected to have more than 598 million trips, which is 49.7 million more than last year. The daily train trip counts up to 9.65 million and the preferred destinations include Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xian, Beijing, Wuhan, Beijing, Chengdu, Wuhan and Changsha.