China Railway predicts record 74 million trips for Dragon Boat Festival holiday

China Railway expects 74 million trips during the Dragon Boat Festival holiday, illustrating the robust demand for travel. The festival, celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, marks a major cultural event in China.

China Railway has projected a staggering 74 million railway trips during the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival holiday, highlighting the surge in domestic travel and the significant role of the country’s extensive rail network. The holiday, celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, is one of China’s most culturally significant festivals and typically sees a massive movement of people across the country.

The Dragon Boat Festival referred to as Duanwu Jie in Chinese, is a yearly occasion that honours the life and passing of the renowned Chinese scholar Qu Yuan. It is celebrated with various activities, including dragon boat races, eating zongzi (sticky rice dumplings), and other cultural events. This year, the holiday is expected to create a significant boost in travel as people return to their hometowns or visit popular tourist destinations.

According to China Railway, the daily average of 14.8 million trips during the holiday period represents a significant increase in travel compared to previous years. This surge can be attributed to several factors, including the easing of travel restrictions, the steady recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the increasing affordability and accessibility of train travel across China.

The Chinese railway network, which is the largest in the world, plays a critical role in facilitating this mass movement. The high-speed rail system, in particular, has revolutionised travel in China, offering a fast, efficient, and relatively affordable means of transportation across the vast country. The network’s capacity to handle large volumes of passengers with minimal delays is crucial to accommodating the expected travel surge during the festival.

To manage the anticipated high demand, China Railway has announced additional train services and extended operating hours to ensure smooth and efficient travel. Measures have also been put in place to enhance passenger safety and comfort, including increased frequency of sanitation and disinfection procedures, and the deployment of more staff to assist with travel queries and logistics.