China will face bigger travel rush during Spring Festival

Published on : Monday, January 9, 2017

spring festivalThe Spring Festival is predicted to get even bigger this year.


Travel experts have asserted that the Chinese would end up making about 2.98 billion trips nationwide during the annual travel peak season that is termed as chun yun in Chinese in the period between 13th January and 21st February. The figures represent an increase of about 2.2% year on year, as revealed by an official forecast.


About 12% of the trips would be made by railways, 84.6% by road, 1.4% by water and 2% by air, as per a report published by the National Intelligent Transport Systems Centre of Engineering and Technology in China and also the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Transport.


The total volume of passengers availing airplanes and trains would increase by nearly 10% year on year, as per the findings of the report.


The expected peaks are on 25th January, three days prior to the first day of Chinese New Year and also on 2nd February that is the final day of the national holiday period.


Prior to the festival, the most popular routes are the ones departing from big cities and arriving in suburban areas. They mostly comprise migrant workers who are returning home. After the festival is over, the migration pattern would reverse.


Bullet trains have become quite popular.


The report also said that the most popular lines were Beijing-Shijiazhuang, Chongqing-Chengdu, Shenzen-Guangzhou, Shanghai-Hangzhou and so on.


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