Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val set to see surge in rail trips

Shanghai Daily - - NATION - (Xin­hua)

CHINA will see 47 mil­lion trips made by rail from Fri­day to Mon­day, a pe­riod cov­er­ing the up­com­ing Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val hol­i­day, said sta­te­owned rail­way oper­a­tor China Rail­way yes­ter­day.

Daily trips are ex­pected to hit 11.75 mil­lion, a yearon-year in­crease of 7.8 per­cent, the com­pany said in a state­ment.

The peak travel day is es­ti­mated to be Satur­day when 13.3 mil­lion trips will be made, rep­re­sent­ing an in­crease of 8.3 per­cent from the same time a year ago.

This year’s Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val falls on Mon­day, with the hol­i­day run­ning from Satur­day to Mon­day and the travel rush be­gin­ning to­mor­row.

Cities such as Bei­jing, Dalian, Qing­dao, Hangzhou, and Xi­a­men are among the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions and de­par­ture lo­ca­tions, the com­pany said. To meet the in­creased de­mand, rail­way author­i­ties have al­lo­cated more trains on key routes.

The Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val is cel­e­brated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the year, ac­cord­ing to the Chi­nese calendar, to com­mem­o­rate fa­mous Chi­nese poet Qu Yuan from the War­ring States Pe­riod (475-221BC).

Chil­dren are taught to make zongzi by their par­ents yes­ter­day at a kin­der­garten in Danzhai County, Miao-Dong Au­tonomous Pre­fec­ture of Qian­dong­nan in south­west Guizhou Prov­ince, as they pre­pare for the up­com­ing Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val on Mon­day. The tra­di­tional Chi­nese food is made of gluti­nous rice stuffed with dif­fer­ent fill­ings and wrapped in bam­boo leaves. — Xin­hua

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