Published: 14:30, April 3, 2024 | Updated: 21:03, April 3, 2024
Qingming travel rush: China gears up for 75 million trips
By Luo Wangshu

Passengers at a railway station in Nanjing, Jiangsu province on March 5, 2024. (PHOTO / CHINA NEWS SERVICE)

China's national railway network anticipates a surge in travel demand as the five-day Qingming Festival travel rush commences on Wednesday. China State Railway Group, the national railway operator, expects to handle roughly 75 million passenger trips during this period.

The travel rush, concluding on Sunday, will see an average of 15 million daily passenger trips, with Thursday projected as the peak day at approximately 17.5 million trips.

This year's Qingming Festival is expected to generate strong demand for travel related to family visits, ancestral remembrance, outings, and tourism

This year's Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day, is expected to generate strong demand for travel related to family visits, ancestral remembrance, outings, and tourism. Based on ticket pre-sales via the national railway ticketing system “12306”, short to medium-distance journeys are anticipated to be the most popular.

The railway group is taking steps to increase capacity and accommodate the influx of passengers. Travelers are encouraged to plan their trips in advance for a smooth and enjoyable travel experience.

The Qingming Festival traditionally involves honoring ancestors and enjoying outdoor activities, leading to this significant rise in travel demand across China.