China’s Transportation System to be Tested During Spring Festival Travel Period
China’s transportation system will be placed to the test during the 40 day travel period that will happen around that Spring Festival better known as the Chinese New Year that will start on January 31.
Also known as Chunyun or Spring Festival Transport will see billion of trips to be made during the 40 day holiday period which is considered as the most important holiday to have family reunions in the country. The large amount of travelers place a strain on trains, automobiles and planes and sometime train tickets are not enough and gets sold out fast. It is estimated that there will be more than 3 billion passenger trips to be made starting Thursday.
The number is said to be more than 200 million more compared to last year. Travel peak will put a strain on the country’s transportation system and several passengers will be encountering difficulties in purchasing tickets in some regions. Majority of the trips will be done by roads ranging from long distance coaches, tour coaches and chartered buses. Air travel will also be booked to the limit as there will be an estimated 42 million flights to be made which is 10 percent up compared to last year.
Still more travelers have chosen to travel by rail and still remains the most popular method of transport for migrant workers and students. There is a large gap between rail transport capacity and demand as figures showed that more than 154 million train tickets were sold from December to January. The problem with the shortage of train tickets can be blamed on rampant scalping wherein scalpers obtain fake ID to buy tickets as Chinese authorities try to curb tickets sales by deploying an ID system to purchase tickets.