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High-speed rail helps Spring Festival rush

01-25-2014 21:10 BJT Special Report: 2014 Spring Festival |

China has recently launched 7 new high-speed rail lines, making the country’s mileage account for more than half of the world’s total high-speed rails. And with the spring festival holiday just around the corner, a new travelling trend is emerging.

More and more people are choosing high-speed railways as their preferred mode of transportation to return home. Our reporter Su Yuting went to Guangzhou South Railway station, a major high-speed railway transportation hub in south China to speak to passengers about their travel experience.

Returning home to celebrate spring festival.

Mr. Luo and his wife decided to take the Wuguang High-Speed Railway line to their family reunion. Their Travel time has been significantly shortened via this high-speed rail.

“This is the first time we have taken the high-speed rail home during the peak-travel time. Previously, It takes about 4 hours and a half to get home from Shaoguan to Shenzhen, but now, it only takes about 1 hour. The modern technology provides us with a fantastic travelling experience,” Mr. Luo said.

“My husband and I find it very good taking the high-speed railway home. The seating is comfortable and the cabin is clean. The environment is great,” Mrs. Luo said.

China’s high-speed railway is proving to be a big help during the Spring Festival. Increasing numbers of people are choosing high-speed railway because it’s fast and convenient. It offers a much more pleasant journey than older trains.

A high-speed rail system has been built to link all of the Pearl River Delta cities together. Authorities say the high-speed rail system in the region can accommodate 100-thousand people per day.

”Since the high-speed rail started operation in Guanzhou South Railway Station, it has greatly reduced the burden of passenger flow. We attract many people to take high-speed rail from buses and flights. For the first 7 days of the spring festival travel peak season, we have delivered more than 60-thousand people. That is about a 16 percent increase than the previous year,” said Liu Hui, staff member from Guangzhou South Railway Station.

China is building a national high-speed passenger rail network. Authorities plan to build more than 16,000 km of high-speed lines by 2020. With high-speed trains´ tickets becoming less costly, it’s entirely possible that many more people will choose this way of traveling in the near future.

 

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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