China's Mass Transit in High Gear as Spring Festival Travel Rush Starts

 January 10, 2020

CHINA-SPRING FESTIVAL-TRAVEL RUSH-START (CN)

Attendants of train K4673 decorate window glass at Chongqing West Railway Station in southwest China's Chongqing, Jan. 10, 2020. The upcoming holiday for the Spring Festival, a traditional festival for family reunions, will run from Jan. 24 to 30, while the travel rush, also known as chunyun, will last 40 days from Jan. 10 to Feb. 18. [Xinhua/Huang Wei]

 

BEIJING, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) — China, the world's most populated country, on Friday ushered in its largest annual migration, 15 days ahead of the Spring Festival, or the Lunar New Year.

There will be three billion trips during the travel rush from Jan. 10 to Feb. 18 for family reunions and travel, slightly up from that of last year, according to a forecast from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

NDRC predicted an 8-percent growth in train trips, 8.4-percent increase in air trips and 9.6-percent hike in waterway trips.

The 40-day travel rush is known as chunyun in Chinese. The Lunar New Year falls on Jan. 25 this year, earlier than previous years, which brings a bigger challenge to the transport system as the return trips of college students overlap with the travel rush.

Over 300 million train tickets have been sold for the Spring Festival travel rush after the presale started on Dec. 12, 2019, said China's railway operator.

New Transport Means Ease Traffic

With the operation of a new airport and several new high-speed railways, travel through China's capital city of Beijing has become more convenient.

Statistics from the North China subsidiary of the Air Traffic Management Bureau of China Civil Aviation Administration suggest that during the Spring Festival, the Beijing Daxing International Airport, which became operational in October 2019, will take the pressure off the Beijing Capital International Airport.

The Beijing Capital International Airport has planned 65,200 flights during the travel rush, down by 4 percent from last year. The Daxing International Airport will have 11,200 flights during the period. The two airports' combined number of flights will increase by 7 percent over the total number of flights via Beijing during the Spring Festival last year.

Flights to hot domestic destinations from the Beijing Capital International Airport are northeast Chinese cities famous for ice and snow tourism and southern vacation cities which enjoy warm weather in winter. While Japan and Southeast Asian countries are popular destinations for outbound tourists.

The Daxing International Airport mainly handles flights to hot domestic tourist destinations during the Spring Festival travel rush, including Chengdu, Guangzhou, Zhanjiang, Sanya, Kunming and Lijiang cities. More than 1.9 million passenger trips are expected via the airport during the period.

In addition to the new air hub, the Spring Festival travel rush is also the first major test for the high-speed railway service connecting Beijing and Zhangjiakou, which has been in operation for only 20 days.

The railway linking the co-host cities of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics boasts China's latest achievements in railway development from equipment manufacturing and new materials to new artificial intelligence technology. Zhangjiakou is now a hot winter sports destination. The railway received 200,000 passengers in the first 10 days of operation.

The train service reduces the travel time between Beijing and Zhangjiakou from over three hours to 47 minutes.

CHINA-SPRING FESTIVAL-TRAVEL RUSH (CN)

Passengers wait to enter Guiyang Railway Station in Guiyang, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Jan. 10, 2020. China, the world's most populated country, on Friday ushered in its largest annual migration, 15 days ahead of the Spring Festival, or the Lunar New Year. There will be three billion trips during the travel rush from Jan. 10 to Feb. 18 for family reunions and travel, slightly up from that of last year, according to a forecast from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). [Xinhua/Tao Liang]

 

CHINA-SPRING FESTIVAL-TRAVEL RUSH (CN)

Passengers prepare to board a train at Hongqiao Railway Station in east China's Shanghai, Jan. 10, 2020. China, the world's most populated country, on Friday ushered in its largest annual migration, 15 days ahead of the Spring Festival, or the Lunar New Year. There will be three billion trips during the travel rush from Jan. 10 to Feb. 18 for family reunions and travel, slightly up from that of last year, according to a forecast from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). [Xinhua/Chen Fei]

 

CHINA-SPRING FESTIVAL-TRAVEL RUSH (CN)

Passengers wait for boarding a train at Yinchuan Railway Station in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Jan. 10, 2020. The upcoming holiday for the Spring Festival, a traditional festival for family reunions, will run from Jan. 24 to 30, while the travel rush, also known as chunyun, will last 40 days from Jan. 10 to Feb. 18. [Xinhua/Wang Peng]

 

CHINA-SPRING FESTIVAL-TRAVEL RUSH (CN)

A boy who is going to take G8504 bullet train poses for photos with train crew at Chongqing North Railway Station in southwest China's Chongqing, Jan. 10, 2020. The upcoming holiday for the Spring Festival, a traditional festival for family reunions, will run from Jan. 24 to 30, while the travel rush, also known as chunyun, will last 40 days from Jan. 10 to Feb. 18. [Xinhua/Tang Yi]

 

CHINA-SPRING FESTIVAL-TRAVEL RUSH (CN)

A staff member assists a mother in taking care of her baby at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station in east China's Shanghai, Jan. 10, 2020. The upcoming holiday for the Spring Festival, a traditional festival for family reunions, will run from Jan. 24 to 30, while the travel rush, also known as chunyun, will last 40 days from Jan. 10 to Feb. 18. [Xinhua/Chen Fei]

 

CHINA-SPRING FESTIVAL-TRAVEL RUSH (CN)

A passenger holding a Spring Festival decoration poses for photos with her kid at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station in east China's Shanghai, Jan. 10, 2020. The upcoming holiday for the Spring Festival, a traditional festival for family reunions, will run from Jan. 24 to 30, while the travel rush, also known as chunyun, will last 40 days from Jan. 10 to Feb. 18. [Xinhua/Chen Fei]

 

CHINA-SPRING FESTIVAL-TRAVEL RUSH (CN)

Passengers enter the ticket gates at Guiyang Railway Station in southwest China's Guizhou Province, Jan. 10, 2020. The upcoming holiday for the Spring Festival, a traditional festival for family reunions, will run from Jan. 24 to 30, while the travel rush, also known as chunyun, will last 40 days from Jan. 10 to Feb. 18. [Xinhua/Tao Liang]

 

CHINA-SPRING FESTIVAL-TRAVEL RUSH (CN)

A woman holding a child waits for a train at Harbin Railway Station in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Jan. 10, 2020. China, the world's most populated country, on Friday ushered in its largest annual migration, 15 days ahead of the Spring Festival, or the Lunar New Year. There will be three billion trips during the travel rush from Jan. 10 to Feb. 18 for family reunions and travel, slightly up from that of last year, according to a forecast from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). [Xinhua/Zhang Tao]

 

CHINA-SPRING FESTIVAL-TRAVEL RUSH (CN)

A woman reads a book for her child on the train G20 from Hangzhou of east China's Zhejiang Province to Beijing, Jan. 10, 2020. China, the world's most populated country, on Friday ushered in its largest annual migration, 15 days ahead of the Spring Festival, or the Lunar New Year. There will be three billion trips during the travel rush from Jan. 10 to Feb. 18 for family reunions and travel, slightly up from that of last year, according to a forecast from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). [Xinhua/Huang Zongzhi]

 

CHINA-SPRING FESTIVAL-TRAVEL RUSH (CN)

Passengers take selfies before boarding K6630 train at Guangzhou Railway Station in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, Jan. 9, 2020. China, the world's most populated country, on Friday ushered in its largest annual migration, 15 days ahead of the Spring Festival, or the Lunar New Year. There will be three billion trips during the travel rush from Jan. 10 to Feb. 18 for family reunions and travel, slightly up from that of last year, according to a forecast from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). [Xinhua/Xu Zhaorui]

 

CHINA-SPRING FESTIVAL-TRAVEL RUSH (CN)

A man holding a child waits for a train at Beijing West Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 10, 2020. China, the world's most populated country, on Friday ushered in its largest annual migration, 15 days ahead of the Spring Festival, or the Lunar New Year. There will be three billion trips during the travel rush from Jan. 10 to Feb. 18 for family reunions and travel, slightly up from that of last year, according to a forecast from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). [Xinhua/Ren Chao]

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