The journey home to the Chinese Spring Festival begins on the 21st of January. Over the past weeks China has been preparing to ensure the smooth running of services during Earth’s largest annual human migration. According to a National Tourism Conference on Spring Festival on Monday, 4th February, a total of 406 million train journeys are expected during this period, an increase of 30.89 million (8.2%) over the previous year. This year marks the first time that passenger traffic during the travel season for the Spring Festival exceeds 400 million.
GUO Zhuxue, vice president of the China Railway Corporation, stated the country would continue to expand the frequency and range of its Fuxing express trains. The 17-car Fuxing high-speed train and the centrally-driven electric Fuxing trains reach a top speed of 160 kilometres per hour and will be used for the first time this year.
China’s rail system will serve more than 10 million passengers daily during the holiday period, and more than 60 percent of its passengers will travel home on high-speed trains. Last year, China built 86,000 kilometres of roads, including 6,000 kilometres of highway, bringing the total road length to 4.86 million kilometres. With 190 million private cars currently driving across the country, there will be a greater number of people traveling on the road during Chinese New Year. “Motorways will continue to be free for small cars during this year’s Spring Festival,” said Deputy Transport Minister LIU Xiaoming.
The cause the world’s largest annual human migration is the desire to spend Chinese New Year at home with one’s family. Like Christmas in the West, the Spring Festival is a time spent with family and loved ones. As Chinese New Year is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those who have helped to shape our business. It’s been an exciting year for us all! We hope the year of the Chicken has been just as memorable for you, your colleagues and your loved ones. We look forward to working with you in the years to come. We wish you all a happy and successful year of the Pig.