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Traffic peaks as Lunar New Year holiday ends

By Xinhua

Traffic peaks as Lunar New Year holiday ends

Passengers queue to board trains at the Railway Station in Xining city, capital of Northwest China's Qinghai province, Feb 23, 2015. (Photo / Xinhua)

Traffic peaks as Lunar New Year holiday ends

Passengers are seen at a waiting room of the Railway Station in Wuhan, capital city of Central China's Hubei province, Feb 23, 2015. (Photo / Xinhua)

BEIJING - China's railways, air routes and highways saw surging traffic on Tuesday as the week-long Lunar New Year holiday came to an end.

Traffic authorities estimated that about 9.7 million trips were made by train and some 1.4 million by plane on Tuesday, setting new records. Another 73.6 million trips were made by highway.

Altogether, Chinese passengers made 8.25 million trips by air during the week-long holiday, up 7.3 percent year on year, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

Every year, tens of millions of Chinese return to the cities where they work or attend school after reuniting with family during the Spring Festival, which fell on Feb 19 this year.

The pre- and post-holiday travel rush known as Chunyun in Chinese has been called the world's largest human migration.

But snow, icy rain and fog caused delays of flights and highway closures in many parts of China on Tuesday.

China Central Meteorological Station on Tuesday forecast snow fall in the most of northern regions, and rainy and foggy weather in most of the southern parts.

In northeast China's Heilongjiang province, passengers flocked to railway stations as snow has disrupted air flights and major highways have been closed due to icy road.

Wang Shaojie, deputy head of the Harbin Railway Station, said the station has added train shuttles to Beijing and neighboring Jilin province to help transfer passengers.

Nationwide, people on return trips to cities have been forecast to peak from Tuesday to Friday.

The Beijing Southern Railway Station, the largest of four railway terminals in the national capital, would see 110,000 arrivals on Tuesday and 130,000 on Wednesday, up from 100,000 recorded on Monday.

Highways linking to the capital are also heavily congested on Tuesday as people rushed to catch up the toll free hours, which are to be expired on midnight Tuesday.

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