Glut of trav­el­ers clogs way home from hol­i­day

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Heavy crowds, traf­fic jams slow jour­neys to work af­ter week­long New Year respite

posted on Sina Weibo by the Haikou gov­ern­ment pub­lic­ity of­fice, ferry ser­vices stopped on Mon­day and re­sumed on Tues­day.

By 11 am on Wed­nes­day, fer­ries had car­ried 32,583 cars and 145,225 peo­ple leav­ing the is­land since ser­vice re­sumed, it said. By Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, all ser­vices had re­sumed, but stranded cars con­tin­ued to crowd roads near three ports in Haikou, the state­ment said.

The gov­ern­ment has also asked the city’s civil ser­vants to join with vol­un­teers in pro­vid­ing es­sen­tial ser­vices to stranded pas­sen­gers.

Hainan, known for its trop­i­cal cli­mate and clean air, is a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for Chi­nese tourists dur­ing the Lu­nar New Year hol­i­day. Dur­ing the week­long Spring Fes­ti­val in 2017, the prov­ince re­ceived 5.15 mil­lion tourists, ac­cord­ing to the pro­vin­cial tourism bureau.

Traf­fic jams in Hainan are a snap­shot of peak tourism na­tion­wide dur­ing the Spring Fes­ti­val travel rush. Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Trans­port, 82 mil­lion trips were made on Tues­day, up by 2.87 per­cent year-on-year, as peo­ple be­gan re­turn­ing to their work­places from their home­towns.

Rail­way pas­sen­ger num­bers were also ex­pected to be up sub­stan­tially. Some 11.8 mil­lion pas­sen­ger trips were ex­pected to be made on China’s rail net­work on Wed­nes­day, up by 7.6 per­cent year-onyear.

The rail­way sys­tem will add 1,091 trains to meet travel de­mand, ac­cord­ing to China Rail­way Corp, the net­work op­er­a­tor.

Bei­jing Cap­i­tal In­ter­na­tional Air­port, China’s busiest air trans­port hub, was ex­pected to han­dle 1,679 flights — 283,000 trips — on Wed­nes­day. As of Tues­day, the air­port had han­dled 33,500 flights, or 5.44 mil­lion trips, dur­ing the hol­i­day travel rush.

An es­ti­mated 2.98 bil­lion trips are ex­pected to be made dur­ing this year’s 40-day Spring Fes­ti­val pe­riod, which runs from Feb 1 to March 12, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Devel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion, the top eco­nomic plan­ner.

Some 389 mil­lion rail trips, 65 mil­lion air trips, 46 mil­lion boat trips and 2.48 bil­lion road trips are ex­pected to be made dur­ing the travel rush.

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us­ing the par­ents.

“De­graded fam­ily value is al­ways an im­por­tant cause of of­fi­cials gravely vi­o­lat­ing dis­ci­pline and laws,” Xi said.

For ex­am­ple, Liu Decheng, son of Liu Tienan, for­mer vicem­i­nis­ter of the Na­tional Devel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion, ac­cepted bribes in­clud­ing money, a Porsche car and a villa in sub­ur­ban Bei­jing. Liu Tienan was sen­tenced in De­cem­ber 2014 to life im­pris­on­ment and his son also was tried.

While ad­dress­ing the first Na­tional Con­fer­ence of Model Fam­i­lies in De­cem­ber 2016, Xi called on top of­fi­cials to take the lead in main­tain­ing fam­ily val­ues and learn­ing from role mod­els such as Jiao Yulu, Gu Wen­chang and Yang Shanzhou.

Lead­ing of­fi­cials and cadres at all lev­els should teach their chil­dren and fam­i­lies to be law-abid­ing, fru­gal and self-re­liant, Xi said.

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ZHANG MAO, ZHANG JIE AND HONG JIANPENG FOR CHINA DAILY

A vol­un­teer of­fers food and drinks to a driver stranded by a traf­fic jam in Haikou, Hainan prov­ince, on Wed­nes­day, af­ter heavy fog halted ferry ser­vice across the Qiongzhou Strait on Tues­day.

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