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“Chunyun”: The Spring Madness in China

Posted by feww on January 19, 2014

ANTHROPOGENIC HAZARDS
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Spring Festival Transport in China: 3.62 Billion passenger trips in 40 days!

Some 3.62 thousand million passenger trips will be made during the Chinese Spring Festival holiday season around the Chinese New Year, placing a tremendous strain NOT just on trains, planes and automobiles, but also on the environment. The forecast is about 200 more million passenger trips compared with last  year.

The 40-day holiday fever around the Chinese New Year, which falls on January 31 this year, said to be the most important period for family reunions in China, began on January 16 and will continue through February 24 this year.

“Most of the trips, about 3.2 billion, are expected to be made by road, including long-distance coaches, charted buses and tour coaches, said Liang Xiao’an, Ministry of Transport spokesman, at the press conference,” according to a report.

That means 80 million road trips will be made each day, up 5.8 percent from the same period last year, said the official.

Chinese New Year-Train Station at Guangzhou
Guangzhou Train Station during the Chinese New Year. Source: Various Internet sites.

About 42 million flights are also forecast for the period, up 10 percent from last 2013. China’s Civil Aviation Administration has announced that it will increase the number of flights by 12,000 each week from 50,000, said the report.

“About 258 million train trips will be made during Chunyun, up 7.9 percent year on year, said Hu Yadong, deputy general manager of the China Railway Corporation (CRC).”

Trains are the most popular method of transport for college students and migrant workers, said the report, however, a big gap exists between the capacity and demand.

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