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China reports over 60m railway trips for holiday week

Updated: Feb 11,2019 8:31 PM     Xinhua

Passengers of the train No D6503 arrive at Fuzhou Railway Station in Southeast China’s Fujian province, Feb 10, 2019. Railway trips in China reached 60.3 million during the week-long Spring Festival holiday from Feb 4 to Feb 10, data from the national railway operator showed Feb 11. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — Railway trips in China reached 60.3 million during the week-long Spring Festival holiday from Feb 4 to Feb 10, data from the national railway operator showed on Feb 11.

On Feb 10, some 12.6 million passenger trips were made by rail, up 4.4 percent year-on-year, according to the China Railway Corporation (CRC).

Hundreds of millions of Chinese went back to their hometowns to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year with their families. The annual travel rush around the festival, known as “chunyun,” often puts the country’s transportation system to the test.

This year’s Spring Festival travel rush started from Jan 21 and will last till March 1, with railway trips expected to hit 413 million in total, up 8.3 percent.

A child looks at Spring Festival decorations on train No Z157 from Taizhou in East China’s Jiangsu province to Harbin in Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, Feb 4, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

Passengers check in at Yinchuan Railway Station in Yinchuan, Northwest China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region, Feb 4, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

Passengers enter a platform at Wuhan Railway Station in Central China’s Hubei province, Feb 10, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

Passengers are seen at the station hall of Nanchangxi Railway Station in East China’s Jiangxi province, Feb 10, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

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