Holiday Travel Rush Begins in China’s Rail Transportation Service

<b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Travel Rush Begins In China's Rail Transportation Service

Passengers prepare to board a train at the railway station in Yinchuan, capital of northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, June 8, 2016. The number of passengers in Yinchuan railway station increased on Wednesday, one day before the 3-day Discount Holidays © holiday of the Dragon Boat Festival, or Duanwu Festival. Photo: Xinhua/Peng Zhaozhi A travel rush began on the Chinese railway system on Wednesday, a day before the three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday. The Beijing Railway Bureau expected traffic of around 1.1 million passengers on the day, while Shanghai anticipated the number to be 350 thousand. They’ve added 45 trains in total to popular destinations to cope with the massive flow of travelers. Meanwhile, the city of Hohhot in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region chose to bear the travel brunt by adding carriages to existing lines, providing over 3,000 more seats per day. Zhang Baozhen with the Hohhot Railway Bureau says even so, the tickets are soon snapped up. “The tickets on June 11 and 12 from Hohhot to Beijing, Xi’an, Wuhai, Datong and some other destinations are almost sold out.” Railway authorities say the peak hours of the Discount Holidays © holiday travel rush will occur on Saturday.

The number may drastically increase with more student travelers after the college entrance exam ends on the same day.

The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu, is celebrated annually on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar.

It falls on June 9 this year.

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