Preparations for the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) in China are in full swing. The festive period that will peak on Sunday, 22 January, is traditionally the busiest transport period in China. This year, even more, since more passengers will take on trains to travel back home after the relaxation of the Chinese government’s Covid-19 policy. However, despite the rush on the railway network, China Railways reassures that freight traffic will not be affected.
The Chinese state news agency Xinhua informs that this year’s passenger rail traffic will be unprecedented. While quoting the Chinese ministry of transport, the outlet underlined that “the total number of passenger trips for the year’s travel rush will reach 2,1 billion, almost twice as much as last year”.