BEIJING (AdAgeChina.com) -- Chinese made 609 million journeys by bus, and train during the 10 days starting Jan. 30, when the annual Spring Festival travel season began. That's an 8.5% increase from the same period last year. A total of 63.3 million bus and train journeys were made on Monday, Feb. 8, a key travel day, in spite of weather disruptions in some regions.
Spring Festival, which starts on Feb. 14 this year, is also known as the Chinese Lunar New Year. and is the most important Chinese holiday of the year. The holiday has become an annual test for China's public transportation network because Chinese return home from work or school for family reunions.
A total of 2.54 billion journeys are expected to take place in the 40 days around the new year, between Jan. 30 and March 10, 2010, a 7.7% increase from the same period last year.
Passengers will make 2.27 billion journeys by bus, up 7.5% year-on-year, and 32 million journeys by ship, up 3.6%. China's railways are expected to transport 210 million passengers, up 9.5%, and 28.94 million passengers are likely to fly, up 12.5%.
More than one in three urban Chinese will travel during the new year.
Source: Xinhua, China's Ministry of Transport
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