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Record set for China’s train ticket sales

Updated: Dec 22,2014 6:23 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China sold more than 9.56 million train tickets on Dec 19, a new high for daily sales, as people rushed to book tickets home before the Spring Festival.

The official ticket-selling website, 12306.cn, saw a record high of 29.7 billion page views on Dec 19, the Institute of Computing Technology under the China Academy of Railway Sciences said on Dec 21.

A total of 5.64 million tickets, or 59 percent of the total, were sold online on the same day, also hitting a historic high.

At present, train tickets are available on the website 60 days ahead of the actual traveling date. On Dec 19, people can get tickets for Feb 16, 2015, three days ahead of the Spring Festival.

Spring Festival, or China’s lunar new year, is the most important traditional festival for family reunions. A weeklong holiday will start on Feb 18.

The institute, which is responsible for the daily operations and monitoring of 12306.cn, said online sales dropped to 4.58 million on Dec 20 and might further fall to around 4 million on Dec 21.

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