China reports over 60 million railway trips as holiday ends

Railway trips in China reached 60.3 million during the week-long Spring Festival holiday from February 4 to 10, data from the national railway operator showed Monday.

Last Sunday, some 12.6 million passenger trips were made by rail, up 4.4 percent year-on-year, according to the China Railway Corporation (CRC).

Hundreds of millions of Chinese went back to their hometowns to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year with their families. The annual travel rush around the festival, known as "chunyun," often puts the country's transportation system to test.

This year's Spring Festival travel rush started from January 21 and will last until March 1, with railway trips expected to hit 413 million in total, up 8.3 percent.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency