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Over 200m railway trips made during Spring Festival travel rush

Updated: Feb 12,2019 4:53 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — Railway trips in China have reached 210 million since the Spring Festival travel rush kicked off on Jan 21, data from the national railway operator showed on Feb 12.

On Feb 11, some 12.7 million passenger trips were made by rail, up 4.3 percent year-on-year, according to the China Railway Corporation (CRC).

On Feb 12, railway trips are expected to reach 12 million, said the CRC.

Hundreds of millions of Chinese went back to their hometowns to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year with family. The annual travel rush around the festival, known as “chunyun,” often puts the country’s transportation system to the test.

This year’s Spring Festival travel rush started from Jan 21 and will last till March 1, with railway trips expected to hit 413 million in total, up 8.3 percent.