The Spring Festival travel rush, also known as Chunyun, began in Jan 21st and will last for 40 days till March 1st this year. During the Spring Festival Rush, China, especially its transport system, faces an extremely high traffic load, which results in great difficulties to obtain both train and flight tickets.
Reasons of the Spring Festival travel rush
Millions of people working or studying out of their hometowns will be hurrying home to reunite with families as the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) approaches. This long-held tradition is the main reason for the rush. The other is that the holiday is one of the two week-long holidays of the year, a perfect travel time for many people.
This year, it is estimated that passengers will make 2.99 billion trips in the whole country, and 15 million trips in Shaanxi railway system.
Travelling during Chinese spring festival is never an easy task. So this year, a series of measures have been carried out in transport systems of Xi’an as railway, civil aviation, expressway and metro to ease the traffic load.