Dragon Boat Festival set to see surge in rail trips
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