Spring Festival to see 3 bil­lion trips made by road, rail, air­plane

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CHINA DAILY

Nearly 3 bil­lion trips are es­ti­mated to be made by Chi­nese dur­ing the up­com­ing Spring Festival travel rush, au­thor­i­ties said on Monday.

This year’s Spring Festival rush will be­gin on Jan 13 and end on Feb 21. Ad­min­is­tra­tion de­part­ments in­clud­ing the Min­istry of Trans­port, the Min­istry of Public Se­cu­rity and the China Rail­way Con­struc­tion Corp, jointly re­leased a guide­line on Monday to en­sure safe and smooth trips.

The num­ber of trips, which in­cludes trips by road, rail, avi­a­tion and wa­ter­ways, is 2.2 per­cent higher than last year, the guide­line said.

To ben­e­fit pas­sen­gers, rail­ways and road ser­vice providers are en­cour­aged to be cre­ative when sell­ing tick­ets, in­clud­ing sell­ing tick­ets on ap­pli­ca­tions and sup­port­ing pay­ment on mo­bile phones.

Rail­way com­pa­nies are re­quired to use tech­ni­cal meth­ods to curb scalp­ing.

Next year’s Spring Festival falls on Jan 28. It is the coun­try’s most im­por­tant hol­i­day for fam­ily re­unions, with hun­dreds of mil­lions of peo­ple trav­el­ing across the coun­try, test­ing na­tional trans­porta­tion net­works.

Chi­nese have never been more af­flu­ent and keen to travel, nor have there ever been more mi­grant work­ers in cities far from home. Ev­ery year, the stresses on the coun­try’s trans­porta­tion sys­tems in­crease, de­spite im­prove­ments in in­fra­struc­ture over the past few years.

Trans­port net­works — road, rail, avi­a­tion and wa­ter­ways — have ex­pe­ri­enced record num­bers of trav­el­ers dur­ing Spring Festival al­most ev­ery year for the past decade.

To re­duce crowds dur­ing the rush and to boost trans­port ef­fi­ciency, China has been step­ping up con­struc­tion of high-speed rail­ways, the to­tal length of which ex­ceeded 20,000 km this year, mak­ing it the world’s long­est high-speed rail­way sys­tem.

Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story.

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