Passengers queue to enter the Wuxi Station in Wuxi, east China's Jiangsu Province, Feb. 20, 2019. Hundreds of millions of Chinese travel back to their hometowns to celebrate the Spring Festival. The annual travel rush around the festival, known as "chunyun," often puts the country's transportation system to the test. (Xinhua/Hai Yueliang)
Railway passengers in China are expected to hit 440 million during the upcoming Spring Festival travel rush, according to official data.
BEIJING, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Railway passengers in China are expected to hit 440 million during the Spring Festival travel rush, up 8 percent year on year, the China State Railway Group Co., Ltd. forecast Wednesday.
The upcoming holiday for the Spring Festival, a traditional festival for family reunions, will run from Jan. 24 to 30, while the travel rush, also known as "chunyun," will last for 40 days from Jan. 10 to Feb. 18.
To serve the rising demand before the festival, 5,275 pairs of trains will be put into operation every day with a capacity to handle 10.1 million passengers.
Train tickets for the first day of the Spring Festival travel rush will be available on Thursday. ■