China witnesses surge in inter-regional trips during Spring Festival travel rush

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29th February 2024 – (Beijing) China experienced a significant surge in inter-regional travel during the first 33 days of the Spring Festival travel rush, with over 7.2 billion trips recorded, according to official data released by the State Council Information Office. The figures represent a notable increase of 10.6 per cent compared to the same period in 2023.

Road traffic accounted for the majority of these trips, as more than 5.8 billion journeys were made using self-driving vehicles on expressways, national roads, and provincial roads. This marks a record high in terms of road travel during the Spring Festival period. Minister of Transport, Li Xiaopeng, highlighted this achievement during a press conference.

In addition to the surge in road travel, railway passenger traffic also reached its highest level ever recorded for this period, reflecting the popularity of train travel during the Spring Festival. The civil aviation sector also experienced a record high in passenger traffic, indicating the preference for air travel among Chinese citizens during the festive season.

Despite facing adverse weather conditions, including temperature drops, rain, and snow, local transport authorities promptly activated emergency plans to ensure the smooth travel of key groups, such as migrant workers, students, family visitors, and tourists. These efforts were particularly focused on key regions and crucial periods, as Minister Li emphasized.

The Spring Festival, which took place on 10th February this year, holds immense cultural significance as China’s most significant traditional festival. The Spring Festival travel rush, which commenced on 26th January, will continue until 5th March, accommodating the travel needs of millions of people across the country.

The surge in inter-regional trips during this period reflects the enthusiasm of Chinese citizens to reunite with their families and loved ones, as well as explore new destinations during the festive season. It also highlights the efficiency of China’s transportation infrastructure in handling the increased demand for travel.

The record-breaking numbers in road, railway, and civil aviation traffic demonstrate the effectiveness of China’s transport systems in managing the Spring Festival travel rush. The government’s timely activation of emergency plans and focus on ensuring the travel needs of key groups have contributed to a smooth and hassle-free travel experience for the public.