China's Spring Festival travel rush in numbers

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China's Spring Festival travel rush, also known as the Chunyun in Chinese, has started Monday and will last until March 1. The 40-day
travel rush will embrace the planet's largest human migration as Chinese
set off for family reunions or tours.To get more spring festival travel rush, you can visit shine news official website.
The travel rush began 15 days ahead of the Spring Festival, or Chinese
Lunar New Year, the country's most important traditional holiday. It
will see an estimated three billion trips, with a year-on-year increase
of 0.6 percent, said the state economic planner.
The road trips take up a lion share at 2.46 billion, down 0.8 percent
from 2018. The railway system expects 413 million trips, increasing 8.3
percent year on year, according to the National Development and Reform
Commission (NDRC).
The aviation authority plans to schedule 532,000 flights during the
travel rush, with air trips expected at 73 million, up 12 percent from
2018. Boat trips will remain the same compared with the number of last
years, according to the NDRC.
The number of trips during the Spring Festival travel rush has expanded
30 times since 1979. That record broke one billion in 1994 for the first
time, exceeded two billion in 2006, and reached over three billion in
It is the comprehensive transport system that supports the large scale
of migration. Under tremendous transport pressure, the railway, highway
and civil aviation systems have completed upgrading in the past 40
China has speeded up its trains six times between 1997 and 2007. It has
launched 10 new railways at the end of last year, with its operational
length of high-speed railways expanding to 29,000 kilometers.
The country launched self-designed and self-manufactured "Fuxing" bullet
trains in June 2017, and the 16 carriage trains were put into operation
in July 2018. The new 17-carriage train with a designed speed of 350
kilometers per hour debuted in early January.
As of the end of 2017, the total mileage of roads has reached 4,773,500
kilometers, and the mileage of highways has stood at 136,500 kilometers,
both of which ranked first in the world. The road trips were 2.48
billion during last Spring Festival travel rush.
In 1978, China had 144 airplanes for civil aviation but now has 3,551
planes in 52 airlines. The air trips were 65.41 million over the last
40-day travel rush. As the tourism industry booms, 43 percent of Chinese
have chosen to travel with families in China or abroad to spend the
week-long Spring Festival holiday, according to, a Chinese
travel ticket booking platform.
The country's major airports will usher in a peak of passengers' flow,
especially on February 1 when most of the passengers choose to start
their holiday. Many of them said that they could take a two-day break
for a nine-day holiday.
The statistics from show that people starting from airports
in Kunming, Haikou and Chengdu will prefer to travel around China, while
people departing from Shanghai will have a preference traveling
Most people spending the Spring Festival abroad will choose destinations
within three-hour flight journeys. Meanwhile, the number of people
going to the UK and Russia for the Spring Festival holiday has grown 93
percent and 80 percent from 2018.

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