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China Reports 81.55 Mln Railway Trips in First Week of Spring Festival Travel Rush

By Xinhua|Feb 04,2024

Passengers wait in line to check their tickets at Shenzhen North Station on Jan 26, 2024. (Photo/Xinhua)

Beijing - China's railway network handled 81.55 million trips between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1, the first week of the Spring Festival travel rush, industry data showed.

This translated to an average of about 11.65 million railway trips every day during the past week, said China State Railway Group Co., Ltd. (China Railway).

China Railway estimated that a total of 480 million railway trips are expected to be made during this year's Spring Festival travel rush, surging 37.9 percent compared with the 2023 level.

The travel surge, also known as "chunyun," which started on Jan. 26 and will end on March 5, will see hundreds of millions of people travel home to reunite with their families.

The Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year, falls on Feb. 10 this year. The festival holiday this year runs from Feb. 10 to 17, one day longer than in previous years.

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