More than 210m trips taken during Spring Festival rush

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/1/17 15:03:39

More than 210 million people have traveled in China during the first three days of this year's Spring Festival travel rush, according to the Ministry of Transport.

Official data shows that 8.5 million trips were made on the first day of chunyun in 2017.

More than 26 million people took the train, with slightly over 4.25 million traveling by air,  the China News Service (CNS) reported on Monday.

The Guangzhou Railway Corporation (GRC) said 1.3 million people traveled by its trains on the first Sunday of the annual mass migration.

That is an increase of 16.5 percent in terms of the number of travelers from a year earlier, news site icswb.com reported on Monday.

More than 1 million trips are expected for the GRC on each day during the mass migration before Spring Festival Eve, the CNS report said, citing railway departments' estimates.

GRC is expecting more than 47 million trips during chunyun this year, or an increase of 4.1 percent over the same period last year.

High-speed rail service will continue to play a leading role this year, accounting for 68 percent of rail services for GRC, said the CNS.

The annual travel rush, known in China as chunyun, runs from January 13 to February 21, with around 3 billion trips expected, the Xinhua News Agency reported on December 6, 2016.

Among the record-breaking 3 billion trips, there will be 2.52 billion road trips, 360 million train trips and 58.3 million trips by air, according to Xinhua.

Many of those trips were made by migrant workers on motorcycles, especially in the south of China.

Just in South China's Guangdong Province  alone, about half 1 million motorcycle trips are made every year.

These people often have no other choice, as public transportation is too expensive for them, but they need to get home. Many only see their "left behind children" once a year. 

 



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