The country's transport system was working at full steam Friday as people
began ending their Spring Festival holidays and returning to major cities.
The railway network was expected to carry a record 4.5 million passengers
Friday, an increase of 160,000 people on last year.
The railway bureaus in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Nanchang have all
added additional passenger trains to cope with the increased traffic flow.
Nanchang railway bureau added 73 additional trains on Friday to transport
300,000 people. It added 45 and 66 additional trains respectively on Wednesday
The number of passengers leaving railway stations in Nanchang, Chengdu,
Chongqing and Wuhan has increased sharply since Thursday, Xinhua News Agency
Meanwhile, big cities are preparing for the returning passengers.
Beijing was expected to receive 500,000 passengers on Friday night. The
city's public transportation department has extended the operation hours of 19
bus routes until midnight to aid arrivals.
Guangzhou railway station was expected to receive 150,000 passengers on
Friday. The station has opened five channels to allow passengers to exit the
station, with an estimated 670 people leaving every minute.
Road transportation was also experiencing a seasonal peak yesterday.
The Ministry of Communications said in a news release that nearly 49 million
passengers traveled by bus yesterday, an increase of 10 percent on the same
period last year.
On Thursday, 650,000 buses carried about 33 million people across the
The ministry said migrant workers had left home as early as Tuesday, the
third day of the Lunar New Year, to seek jobs in coastal provinces such as
Guangdong, Fujian and Zhejiang.
The migrants are mainly from Anhui, Jiangxi, Hunan, Hubei and Sichuan
provinces. The bus stations of cities in Guangdong Province have all reported
increasing passenger flow.