With Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, just round the corner, the annual travel rush in China is fully underway.
Chinese New Year is undoubtedly the biggest celebration in the mainland, and it’s also one of the craziest travel seasons, with an estimated 2.9 billion domestic trips expected to be made as people head back to provincial homes.
The travel crush is expected to be eased by the country’s heavy investments in its high-speed trains. Sixty percent of the trains on China’s high-speed rail network — already the world’s largest at a combined length of 19,000 kilometers — run faster than 350 kilometers per hour.
Air China added more than 2,400 flights in the weeks leading up to Chinese New Year, to run an average of 1,160 flights each day, and Air China added 6,000 flights.
This year, a record number of Chinese tourists are also headed for overseas holidays during the seven-day “Golden Week” holiday, according to China Daily. Citing figures from China’s National Tourism Administration, it said nearly 6 million mainlanders will travel out of the country for holiday during the week — 10% more than last year.
Most of them will be headed for neighbouring Asian destinations, such as Thailand, Japan and South Korea, which are in the top 10, according to Chinese travel service Ctrip.
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Article: Mashable / Image: ChinaFotoPress