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China's transport networks brace for travel peak


02-06-2016 05:30 BJT

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There are still two days ahead of New Year's Eve and China's annual Spring Festival. And the nation's rail and air networks are working hard to get everyone home on time.

Over the holiday rush period, the world’s largest human migration, 2.91 billion trips will be made by train and 54 million by air. Tens of thousands of travelers were stranded at Guangzhou Railway Station in south China because of bad weather, but normal operations have now been restored.

In central Henan province, additional trains have been added to meet the rising traffic demand. In northwestern Xi’an, rail authorities there laid on 52 additional services to help meet the strain.

Airports around China will see 11 percent more passengers than last year. Not everyone is going home though. Many are instead choosing to spend it at a holiday destination and, within China, Sanya and Xiamen are certainly popular in this regard. Meanwhile, those who are going abroad tend to be flying to Japan, South Korea, the U.S. and Australia.

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