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21 Jan 2019 | 09:04 AM UTC

China: Increased congestion expected at transportation hubs Jan. 21-Mar. 1 /update 1

China News Alert

Around 3 billion trips expected in China during the upcoming Spring Festival travel rush January 21 – March 1; increased congestion expected at travel hubs and hotels

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/18/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/1/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Shanghai). COUNTRY/REGION China

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Authorities are expecting Chinese citizens to make nearly 3 billion trips during the Spring Festival travel rush, which runs approximately from Monday, January 21, to March 1, particularly surrounding festivities for Lunar New Year on Tuesday, February 5. Thousands of additional trains will be scheduled daily before and after Lunar New Year and hundreds of thousands of volunteers will be dispatched to major transportation hubs to assist travelers. Crowded conditions on planes, trains, and highways, as well as hotels, are expected during the Spring Festival period.

Additionally, the Chinese government warned against improper behavior. People caught misbehaving on roads and public transportation, to include smoking traveling without tickets, using false identification, or reselling tickets, may be fined and banned from rail or air travel.


Individuals in China from January to early March are advised to anticipate crowded conditions, an increase in criminal activities (petty crime), as well as significant disruptions to daily life, including transportation, availability of accommodations, and business disruptions.


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