Train tickets are now available for next year’s Spring Festival, China’s most important holiday and always a record-setter when it comes to people moving around.
Chunyun, the annually hectic 40-day travel period, falls from January 24 to March 3 this year. It is known as a notoriously difficult time where many go through hell to get that precious ticket home, and have to take even more extreme modes of transportation if they fail in that quest.
Passengers can also book tickets online, via mobile apps and by phone, many are starting early.
Last year during Spring Festival, China’s railways, roads, airlines and waterways carried a total of 2.81 billion passengers, up 3.5% from the previous year. China railways made about 295 million tips. Those number are only expected to rise.
But don’t fret, all the tickets aren’t gone yet, in fact the peak buying period isn’t expected until early December.
If all else fails, you can now carpool your way back home via ride-hailing app Didi’s new chunyun service.
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