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China Expects To Have 2.9 Billion Chinese Trips, Majority Falls During Lunar New Year Week

By February 1, 2016 at 11:17 am
China Expects To Have 2.9 Billion Chinese Trips, Majority Falls During Lunar New Year Week (Photo : ChinaFotoPress | Getty Images News)

BEIJING, CHINA - While Lunar New Year is only a few days away, China has been gearing up its transportation sector as it anticipates millions of Chinese trips, which make people go home for the upcoming celebrations or travel to different tourist destinations.

According to the Ministry of Transport, Chinese travelers are going to make 2.9 billion trips from January 21 to March 3, with most of the travels happen during week of Lunar New Year, which will be on Feb. 8 already, the Associated Press reports via NDTV.

Ma Xijie, a migrant worker from the province of Sichuan, was going home together with his wife and son through a train. He said he wanted to stay with his parents in the province and have the family reunion in celebrating the coming of the year.

"It's great to have the whole family sit down and enjoy a family dinner together," he said. "I have been working far from home with my kid for a whole year."

A student from Shandong province, Ren Chongyuan, who was at the Beijing Railway Station, shared that purchasing tickets was much each easier this year, but he had to reserve them two months earlier.

Although the expected figure of Chinese trips - considered as the world's annual human migration - is quite big, this year's expectation is lesser than the previous years due to the lack of excitement in the country's economy despite the improvement of online ticketing, ABC News reports.

In 2014, there were about 3.6 billion Chinese trips recorded during the same holiday period.

In a related news, rare snow has hit Central China, disrupting the travel rush for the Lunar New Year.

Apparently, millions of travelers faced cancellations and delays after heavy snow had fallen in the province of Hubei, causing the airport in Wuhan City to shut down. And according to Xinhua News Agency through the Associated Press, more than 2,000 people remained at the airport due to bad weather.

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