Passengers wait for the train in Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, Jan. 12, 2017, ahead of the Spring Festival travel rush. Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year, will fall on Jan. 28 this year. The travel rush, also known as "Chunyun", will begin on Jan. 13 and last until Feb. 21. Spring Festival is the country's most important family holiday, with hundreds of millions of people heading for their hometowns, which puts huge stress on the transport system. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu)
BEIJING, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- About 2.98 billion trips are expected to be made during China's 2017 Spring Festival travel rush between Jan. 13 and Feb. 21, China's top economic planner said Thursday.
The figure represents an increase of 2.2 percent from the same period in 2016, with air travel to see the fastest growth among all transportation modes, Zhao Chenxin, spokesperson for the National Development and Reform Commission, said at a press conference. Full story