China’s railway system will move 230 million during Spring Festival
The Chinese railway system will be put the test during the Spring Festival this year. A staggering 230 million people are expected to travel during the holiday season.
The Lunar New Year comes eleven days earlier than last year. Because of this timing, students will be returning home just having completed finals, along with all the regular travelers and migrant workers that use the train system.
The Chinese proverb 人山人海 (people mountain, people sea) will certainly apply. It means there will be a huge crowd.
According to the vice-minister of railways, China will run an additional 293 trains to help alleviate the expected 12.5 percent increase from last year’s traffic.
Kicking off on January 19th, the holiday season will see millions rushing from the far ends of the nation to make it home. For many, it will be the only visit to see loved ones for the year. Most will want to be home for the Lunar New Year which is February 3.
If you are planning to travel during the Lunar New Year, what mode of transportation will you use?