With 15 days left until the start of the Spring Festival, also known as Lunar New Year, China begins operations to prepare for the increase in tourism travel across the country. This year, nine billion trips will be made during the high season, according to estimates by the Ministry of Transport.
Of the total, 7.2 billion trips (around 80%) will be made via autonomous driving, and 1.8 billion via railways, highways, waterways and civil aviation, according to the ministry. China’s railway operator said on Friday that the country’s trains should handle 480 million passengers, with an average of 12 million daily trips, a 38% jump compared to the previous year.
In the 40-day peak season, also known as “chunyun,” hundreds of millions of people will return home and gather with friends and family. The 2024 Lunar New Year holiday runs from February 10 to 17, one day longer than in previous years. The long holiday weekend will put even more pressure on the country’s transportation system as pent-up demand for family gatherings overlaps with increased demand for travel.