Travel Rush Tips

Bei­jing Youth Daily De­cem­ber 22

Beijing Review - - THIS WEEK -

The Spring Fes­ti­val travel rush, also known as chun­yun, will run from Jan­uary 21 to March 1. Ac­cord­ing to China Rail­way Corp., over 413 mil­lion train tick­ets will be sold, in­creas­ing 8.3 per­cent year on year.

The rail­way au­thor­i­ties have rolled out a se­ries of mea­sures to pre­pare for the up­com­ing rush. They have added 299 new bul­let trains and are fa­cil­i­tat­ing train ticket pur­chase on the 12306.cn web­site and its mo­bile phone app. How­ever, these mea­sures are still in­ad­e­quate to man­age the Spring Fes­ti­val travel rush.

Chun­yun is a huge phe­nom­e­non that re­quires mul­ti­ple gov­ern­ment de­part­ments to come up with mea­sures to guar­an­tee safe travel.

In ad­di­tion, trav­el­ers can help make a dif­fer­ence.

First, it is ad­vis­able to travel in the op­po­site di­rec­tion of the ma­jor­ity who are rush­ing from their work­places in large cities to their home­towns in smaller cities or those swarm­ing hot tourist des­ti­na­tions. This way, the pres­sure on the traf­fic sys­tem can be greatly eased.

Sec­ond, car­pool­ing with fam­ily mem­bers or friends or tak­ing the bus in­stead of the car will re­duce the num­ber of ve­hi­cles on the road. This will not only ease traf­fic con­ges­tion but also re­duce emis­sions.

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