Chinese Will Take 2.556 Billion Trips During Lunar Holiday

Travel During Chinese New Year to Rise 11.6% in 2011

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SHANGHAI ( --During the world's biggest annual migration of people, Chinese will take 2.556 billion passenger trips to return home during Chinese New Year, an 11.6% increase from last year, according to the Ministry of Transport. A decade ago, the number of passenger trips was just 1.66 billion.

The Lunar New Year holiday, known in China as the Spring Festival, officially starts on Feb. 3, but the travel period began in mid-January and will stretch to Feb. 27.

Hundreds of millions of Chinese, including white-collar employees, migrant workers and students, will fight for space on crowded planes, trains and buses to return home during the holiday, often to rural areas in China's interior. Many only return home to see their families once a year, during China's most important holiday.

An average of 2,265 trains per day will carry travelers during the peak travel period. Close to 300 trains will be added to carry a record 230 million passengers.
Source: Xinhua News Agency

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