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408 million trips during Lunar New Year holiday

Updated: Feb 4,2017 7:39 AM     Xinhua

Passengers queue up to enter Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China, Feb 2, 2017. Some 11.5 million trips were made Feb 2 on China’s railways with travelers returning to work at the end of the week-long Spring Festival holiday. Spring Festival, or the Chinese Lunar New Year, is the most important occasion for family reunions and fell on Jan 28 this year.[Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — The week-long Spring Festival holiday witnessed 408 million passenger trips in China, up 2.1 percent year on year, data from the Ministry of Transport (MOT) showed on Feb 3.

Between Jan 27 and Feb 2, the number of road trips totaled 336 million, a 0.8 percent increase from last year, while train trips reached 52 million with an annual increase of 8.8 percent.

More breakdown figures showed that air travel exceeded 9.82 million trips, surging 14.9 percent from last year, while boat trips topped 10.35 million, a rise of 3.5 percent.

About 2.98 billion trips are expected to be made during this year’s Spring Festival travel rush, known as Earth’s biggest human migration, between Jan 13 and Feb 21.

The average distance traveled was 262 km as most trips were intraprovince and 87.8 percent of the trips were within a range of 500 km, MOT data showed.

Nearly 80 percent of the travels were for visits to relatives and friends, as the festival is the most important occasion for family reunions.

The Guangzhou South Railway Station was the most used transportation hub during the migration, followed by Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and Beijing West Railway Station, all of which are seated in major cities with significant populations of migrant workers.