The Spring Festival crowds are looming. The Ministry of Transportation estimates that 3.62 billion trips will be made before Chunyun has come to pass, making the 2014 travel season significantly busier than last year’s, which was no picnic.
There are some 200 million more trips planned for this season (a trip being a one-way journey on anything other than your feet) and the biggest human migration on earth is going to place one hell of a strain on China’s transportation infrastructure. Xinhuanet reports that everything is going to be crowded, overflowing, pushy, crowded, stressful, and did we mention crowded?
Most of the trips, about 3.2 billion, are expected to be made by road, including long-distance coaches, charted buses and tour coaches, said Liang Xiao’an, Ministry of Transport spokesman, at the press conference. […]
Airlines will also be stretched, with about 42 million flights expected to be made, up 10 percent from last year, said Xia Xinghua, deputy head of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, at the press conference. […]
About 258 million train trips will be made during Chunyun, up 7.9 percent year on year, said Hu Yadong, deputy general manager of the China Railway Corporation (CRC).
“There is a big gap between railway transportation capacity and demand,” Hu told reporters at the press conference.
Latest company figures showed that about 154.62 million train tickets were sold from Dec. 23 to Jan. 12.
If the past is any indication, this year’s spring festival will be ripe with ticket scalping, crashing websites, and photo-galleries that look like the hardest level ever of Where’s Waldo.