Spring Fes­ti­val travel frenzy to see 3 bil­lion trips by Chi­nese

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TRAVEL - By BRENDA GOH in Shang­hai Reuters

China’s trans­port min­istry said ear­lier this month it ex­pects trav­el­ers to make nearly 3 bil­lion trips dur­ing the up­com­ing Spring Fes­ti­val, putting road, rail and air links through their hard­est test dur­ing the coun­try’s most im­por­tant hol­i­day.

The min­istry pre­dicted that 2.98 bil­lion trips would be made dur­ing the 40-day pe­riod, which in­cludes the Lu­nar New Year, up 2.2 per­cent com­pared with last year. The hol­i­day is set to be­gin on Jan. 13.

The rail­way net­work is likely to see a 9.7 per­cent jump in trips against 2015, while air­lines will ac­com­mo­date about 58.3 mil­lion trips, up 10 per­cent, the min­istry said in a state­ment on its web­site.

per­cent

in­crease in trips dur­ing the 40-day Lu­nar New Year pe­riod ex­pected

The ma­jor­ity of trav­el­ers will take to the roads to make an ex­pected 2.52 bil­lion trips, it says.

The min­istry also says it ex­pected fur­ther pres­sure on the trans­port net­work from stronger-than-usual win­ter and spring de­mand for freight trans­port for coal, grain and fer­til­izer.

It says it will look to add ca­pac­ity over the pe­riod by adding trains and flights, and would strengthen mea­sures to guard against the sale of fake tick­ets.

Dur­ing the Spring Fes­ti­val trav­el­ers brave long queues, de­lays and grid­lock to travel home.

Last year, more than 50,000 pas­sen­gers were stranded at a rail­way sta­tion in the city of Guangzhou be­cause of bad weather.

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