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Railway stations see travel peak as holiday comes to end

Updated: Feb 14,2016 7:41 AM     Xinhua

Passengers queue at the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China, Feb 12, 2016. Railway stations around the nation witnessed surging passenger flows on Feb 12 as the Spring Festival holiday came to the end and people started to return to work.[Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — More than 10 million trips are expected to be made by train on Feb 13, a record daily level during the Spring Festival travel rush, or “Chunyun”, according to official data.

The China Railway Corporation (CRC), the country’s rail carrier, added 800 passenger trains on Feb 13 to deal with the traffic.

As the weeklong Spring Festival holiday ends on Saturday, railway passenger numbers started to rise on Feb 12, after 8.9 million trips were made by train, up 5.6 percent year-on-year.

About 332 million trips are expected to be made by train during the 40-day “Chunyun” starting Jan 24, the world’s largest annual human migration for family reunions.

The National weather observatory said a cold front is sweeping across China, bringing low temperatures and rain or snow to most parts of the country.

The CRC said it has taken measures to prepare for the bad weather. It also advised passengers to arrive early at train stations.

Passengers prepare to get on a train at the railway station of Yudu County, East China’s Jiangxi province, Feb 12, 2016.[Photo/Xinhua]

People walk into the railway station in Huai’an, East China’s Jiangsu province, Feb 12, 2016.[Photo/Xinhua]

Passengers wait for train at the Qingdao Railway Station in Qingdao, East China’s Shandong province, Feb 12, 2016.[Photo/Xinhua]

Passengers prepare to get on a train at the Jiujiang Railway Station in Jiujiang, East China’s Jiangxi province, Feb 12, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

Passengers prepare to get on a train at the Jiujiang Railway Station in Jiujiang, East China’s Jiangxi province, Feb 12, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

People walk at the railway station in Nantong, East China’s Jiangsu province, Feb 12, 2016.[Photo/Xinhua]

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