2018 Chinese Spring Festival travel is expected to change from “hard to get a ticket” to “back home comfortably”
By admin February 20, 2018

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 occurring around the time as the Chinese New Year. The period usually begins 15 days before Lunar New Year’s Day and lasts for about 40 days. The number of passenger-journeys during the Chunyun period is projected to be hitting over 3 billion in 2018. It has been called the largest annual human migration in the world.

The 2018 Spring Festival travel season officially kicked off. According to data and Internet users over the years, railway passenger capacity has increased significantly compared to 2017, when passengers found it very difficult to even buy tickets. Chunyun is now expected to change from a period where it was “hard to get a ticket ” to ” back home comfortably.”

According to the data from the China Ministry of Railways, the national passenger volume during the Chunyun period was 29.8 million passengers in 2017, and is expected to exceed 30 million in 2018. Further, the railway is expected to be utilized by 393 million passengers, an increase of ten percent from last year.

However, obtaining tickets for the Spring Festival this year will be easier than in previous years. On the one hand, the number of trains in China has increased to 3819, and the proportion of express trains such as high-speed trains and inter-city highways has reached 60 percent. Thus, the railway transport capacity has increased greatly. On the other hand, due to the Spring Festival coming a little late this year, the date of travel between students and white-collar workers will not result in a serious overlap, which will ease the difficulty of buying tickets greatly.

China’s railway has entered a new era of high-speed transit. Over the past five years, the Chinese railway has been extending at an average speed of nearly 16 km per day. At the end of 2017, the railway mileage reached 127,000 km, of which 25,000 km were high-speed railways, an increase of about 2.5 times since the end of 2012, accounting for nearly 70 percent of the total high-speed railways operation in the world. A total of nearly 5 billion people traveled by high-speed rail. According to the plan, by 2020 China’s railway network will reach 150,000 km.

Starting in 2018, the last batch of those who were born in the 1990s has reached 18 years of age, which means they will gradually become the mainstay of their work. The growth of the younger generation corresponding with the rapid development of the Internet, has resulted in the generation to become accustomed to being connected to everything in life. When choosing a ticket booking method, Chinese young people tend to buy tickets through booking sites associated with train stations instead of buying tickets at the stations. With the help of big data, the third-party ticket booking platform is more convenient and intelligent, which can help passengers to secure tickets that better fit their schedule and needs and, therefore, increase the success rate of securing travel.

The 2018 Chinese Spring Festival travel season is underway. Featuring the main force of the People’s Congress in this annual migration of one hundred million high-speed rail reflects the economic changes in China. ” High-speed rail, the Chinese people has never been so easy to go back home as it is today. The increasingly dense high-speed rail network has not only fulfilled the desire of the Chinese people “back home comfortably” but also reconstructed the economic map of China. High-speed rail “connect the dots into a line”: around people, logistics, information flow, capital flow at the same time promoting interoperability share, which also gather along the industry to accelerate joint development.

China’s high-speed rail has completely independent intellectual property rights, and reached world-class level. This not only means that passengers can enjoy better travel services, but also means reducing the operating cost of high-speed railways and systematically mastering the core technologies and key equipment, which will speed up “going global” for China’s high-speed railways.

The shift from high-speed growth to high-quality development is an established path for China’s economy. A series of major scientific and technological innovations including high-speed rail are undoubtedly the “paving stones” for this road.


For further reading:

What happens when all of China goes on vacation at once

“Chunyun” in 35 years: Epitome of a changing China

China has built the world’s largest bullet-train network

Full speed ahead for China’s fast rail network with US$112 billion investment



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