Holiday season train trips in China surpassed the 200-million mark on Saturday as migrant workers and college students began returning to their jobs and universities following the Lantern Festival.
On Saturday, some 7.88 million trips were made via the country's railway network, up 6.1 percent from last year's lunar new year and bringing total trips to 201.87 million during "chunyun," the peak travel period surrounding China's Spring Festival.
This year's "chunyun" began on Jan. 16 and will end on Feb. 24. The Lantern Festival, which fell on Friday this year, normally marks the end of the two-week lunar new year celebrations.
Although "chunyun" is nearing its end, railway authorities expected the number of daily train trips to remain high until Feb. 24 due to a growing number of trips made by students and workers.
[Photos]Railway trips surge after Lantern Festival
Railway trips surge amid Spring Festival celebrations
BEIJING, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- A total of 97.57 million train trips were made between Jan. 16 and Friday, the first day of the Chinese Spring Festival, up 14.4 percent compared to the corresponding period last year, data from railway authorities showed on Saturday.
Over 2.7 million railway trips were made on Friday, up 17.2 percent year on year and 4.5 million are expected on Saturday, the second day of the lunar new year holiday when traditionally married women visit their parents. Full story
Spring Festival sees railway trips surge
BEIJING, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- A total of 94.79 million trips were made on trains between Jan. 16 and the eve of the Chinese Spring Festival, up 14.4 percent compared to the corresponding period last year, data from railway authorities showed on Friday.
Trains are the major choice for especially long-haul travels in the country. Travel demand normally surges each year before the eve of the Spring Festival, the most important traditional Chinese festival.