Published on : Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The world’s largest annual human migration, the Spring Festival travel rush, will be even larger this year in China with a total of 2.98 million trips expected. This is up 2.2 percent year-on-year, according to an official forecast released. The annual travel peak period is from Jan 13 to Feb 21.
Twelve percent of trips will be made by railway, 84.6 percent by road, 1.4 percent by water and 2 percent by air in China, according to a report by the National Intelligent Transport Systems Center of Engineering and Technology in China, the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Transport.
The total volume of passengers taking trains and airplanes will increase by about 10 percent year-on-year, the report said.
The expected peaks are on Jan 25, three days before Lunar New Year’s Day, and on Feb 2, the final day of the national holiday period.
Bullet trains have become a popular choice, the report said, with the most popular rail lines including Shanghai-Hangzhou, Shenzhen-Guangzhou, Chongqing-Chengdu and Beijing-Shijiazhuang.