Are you ready for “Chunyun (春运)”? The trains are!
Chunyun also referred to as the Spring Festival travel season or the Chunyun period, is a period of travel in China with extremely high traffic load around the time of the Chinese New Year.
“Dustmen” were busy wiping down the high speed trains in Nanning city, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Tuesday. The trains will take part in “the world's largest human migration” starting from Wednesday and lasting for 40 days!
In another city, Kunming of Yunnan Province, railway workers were also seen engaged in maintenance work for the upcoming "Chunyun" recently.
In fact throughout China, the transportation networks are preparing for the upcoming travel rush during the Spring Festival that starts on Feb 19. Nearly three billion trips are expected during the 40-day period surrounding Chinese New Year this year.
The Spring Festival travel season, known as "Chunyun", is also known as the world's largest human migration. Because of this, police have stepped up their actions to protect the public from threats and opportunists. Chinese rail police have launched a campaign targeting train ticket scalping that sometimes occurs ahead of the Spring Festival travel rush.
The 40-day-long travel peak officially begins on February 4 this year and lasts until March 16, but thousands of people have already begun their trek.
According to the Transport Ministry, the number, which excludes trips via public buses and taxi, is 3.4 percent higher than the year before. Medium- and short-distance travel is expected to increase sharply.
The ministry said several new high-speed railways, which have been put into operation since last year, have facilitated the transportation. The railway system says it will add about 2,000 extra passenger trains during the peak period.
Source - cctv news