Public transportation braces for National Day holiday travel peak
High speed road in South China's Hainan Province. /VCG Photo

High speed road in South China's Hainan Province. /VCG Photo

China's railways expect a travel rush in the coming 10 days

 As many people intend to go back to their hometowns or visit tourist attractions during the National Day holiday, China's railway is expected to see a peak.

A total of 142 million train trips are expected to be made from September 28 to October 7, an increase of 8.8 percent year on year, data from the China State Railway Group Co., Ltd. showed.

On Saturday, the first day of the holiday travel rush, railway stations across China saw 9.55 million trips, an increase of 5.5 percent year on year. 

The peak of train transport is expected to be registered on Oct. 1, with 17.5 million passenger trips, 1.25 million more than the peak time in 2018.

The company has taken a string of measures to raise transport capacity and improve services to deal with the rush of holiday traffic.

More trains will be put into service in accordance with the surging demand, said the company.

More than 120,000 flights will depart on National Day

According to VariFlight (known as Feizhangzhun in mandarin), an information technology company specializing in the civil aviation data services, during this coming National Day, there are 127,800 scheduled outbound flights in China. 

Besides Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen being the hottest destinations, the red tourist routes are also popular this year.

According to the statistics of the planned departure flights of airports across the country, the top three busiest airports in China are Beijing International Airport, Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, and Xi'an  Xianyang Airport during the National Day holiday. Red tourism destinations are mainly concentrated in Jinggangshan, Yan'an, Zunyi, Anshun, Xuzhou, and so on. 

Beijing Daxing International Airport planned more than 500 outbound flights and 68 domestic. The main cities including Ordos, Yulin, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Fuyang, Ulanhot, Shanghai, Bayannaoer, and Shenzhen.

Vehicles with seven seats and less will be exempted from tolls

According to the Ministry of Transport, during this year's National Day holiday, vehicles with seven seats and less will continue to be exempted from tolls. 

The free passage time is from 00:00 on October 1 to 24:00 on 7 October. During this period, the ordinary highway is subject to the time when the vehicle passes through the toll station, and the highway is based on the time when the vehicle leaves the exit toll station. 

Nine-seat minibusses are not exempt from tolls for the time being.