A China-Size Travel Delay – Edward Cody
Heavy snowfall in central China disrupted rail traffic Friday just as millions of Chinese headed home for Spring Festival family reunions, stranding countless travelers in frigid northern train stations.
The backup, although limited mainly to north-south travel, dramatized the huge volume of holiday travel during the festival, or Chinese New Year, which this year is celebrated on Jan. 28. Authorities have estimated that more than 2 billion trips will be made during the Jan. 14 to Feb. 22 vacation season, with more than 90 percent by car, bus or train. More than 700,000 buses will be on the road, they said, and 300 extra trains have been put into service to handle the crowds.