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China gears up for Spring Festival travel peak


Source: | 01-05-2009 15:15

Special Report:   2009 Spring Festival

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The Chinese Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, is only three weeks away. Tens of millions of people across China have started returning to their hometowns to be with their families during the most important Chinese festival.

Travellers queue up to board a train heading for Tibet at Xining Railway Station in Xining, northwest China's Qinghai province January 4, 2009. An early travel rush with travellers mainly migrant workers and college students returning home arrives for Spring Festival holiday.(Xinhua Photo)

Travellers queue up to board a train heading for Tibet at 
Xining Railway Station in Xining, northwest China's Qinghai 
province January 4, 2009. An early travel rush with travellers 
mainly migrant workers and college students returning home 
arrives for Spring Festival holiday.(Xinhua Photo)

The six-week Spring Festival peak travel period begins in five days. Railway officials are expecting a record 188 million train passengers during the period. Authorities are taking measures to ensure efficiency.

At the Shanghai Railway Station, automatic vending machines will ease pressure at the ticket windows. And railway authorities in South China's Guangdong Province have launched phone ticket sales services. Temporary trains and ticket windows for special groups of passengers have been added to railway stations across China.