China Expects 3 Billion Trips as Spring Festival Kicks Off

By | Jan 14, 2017 02:56 AM EST
Lunar New Year Festival

Thousands of local travellers flocked transport stations to return home in preparation of the Lunar New Year Festival.(Photo : Getty Images)

Thousands of Chinese citizens flocked airports, railway stations, and bus stations on Friday as they head home to celebrate the coming Lunar New Year season.  The Global News reported that officials projected that the holiday rush will make around three billion trips that runs from Friday (Jan. 13) to Feb. 21.

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In Shanghai, a similar situation was expected with a total of 310,000 passengers estimated to depart on Friday from the city's three railway stations, according to Shanghai Daily. Of the estimated figure, 170,000 are expected to take the Hongqiao Railway Station, 50,000 on the Shanghai South Railway Station, and 90,000 on the Shanghai Railway Station.

Shanghai Daily noted that this year's spring break rush came in quite early and Shanghai had to add 34 extra train services to keep up with the increasing passengers' demands.

Su Wenqi, a college student in Beijing, expressed her excitement to be reunited with her family in Harbin.

"My parents and relatives are back at home and you feel safe at home. After a really busy year, I really miss them," she said.

Every year, China represents the largest seasonal migration of people worldwide as many locals rushed to go home and reunite with their families. The Chinese Lunar New Year, also called as Spring Festival, is the most important traditional holiday in the country, and it falls on Jan. 28 this year.

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