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Tens of millions on the move as China Spring Festival travel season starts


Liu warned of the likelihood of heavy snow and icy rain that could hamper travel while vowing greater efforts to avoid another travel disaster, as was seen in early 2008 when unprecedented heavy snow and freezing rain inundated the south of the country, bringing traffic to a standstill during the peak holiday season. To better cope with the busiest traffic of the year, railway authorities, bus companies and airlines across the country are increasing transport capacity. China's civil aviation regulator said Sunday that it has given the green light for domestic airlines to add 14,000 flights to meet massive passenger flow. Railway authorities have long been under pressure to increase capacity and improve ticketing services, as many citizens find it extremely hard to secure a single ticket during major holidays. About 4,100 trains are running each day during the Spring Festival travel rush this year, 260 more than a year earlier, according to Hu Yadong, vice minister of railways. The Ministry of Railways began allowing customers to book all tickets online or by phone late last year in order to ease the ordeal of buying tickets. During major holidays in the past, people would wait for hours in long lines before getting to the ticket sales windows, only to find that tickets were sold out. Many even had to pay extra to buy from ticket scalpers. However, ...

Snapshots of the Travel Rush
       
       
Services and Safety
       
       
Boarding for the Train
       
       
Train Ticket Purchase
       
       
Preparation for the Travel Rush