Celia Hatton: New Year’s Travel Strains China’s Transportation System

From VOA News:

networks in China are overloaded with travelers this time of year, as millions of people on planes, trains, cars and ferries to celebrate the Lunar New Year with their families.

The staff at this Beijing travel agency has been working overtime for the past few weeks to deal with the onslaught of travelers ahead of China's Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival. Chinese traditionally take a week or two of vacation to mark the holiday, which this year begins February 9.

Millions travel home to spend China's most important holiday with their families. According to China's state-run Xinhua news agency, travelers are expected to complete nearly two billion journeys by air, rail, car and ferry over the 40-day period surrounding the Lunar New Year.

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