The week-long Spring Festival holiday witnessed 408 millon passenger trips in China, up 2.1 percent year on year, data from the Ministry of Transport (MOT) showed Friday.

Passengers have their tickets checked at the Harbin Railway Station in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Feb. 2, 2017. Travel peak appeared again as people return to work on the last day of week-long Lunar New Year Holiday. (Xinhua/Wang Kai)

Passengers have their tickets checked at the Harbin Railway Station in Harbin, capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, Feb. 2, 2017. Travel peak appeared again as people return to work on the last day of Lunar New Year holidays. (Xinhua/Wang Kai)

Between Jan. 27 and Feb. 2, the number of road trips totaled 336 million, a 0.8 percent increase from last year, while train trips reached 52 million with an annual increase of 8.8 percent.

More breakdown figures showed that air travel exceeded 9.82 million trips, surging 14.9 percent from last year, while boat trips topped 10.35 million, a rise of 3.5 percent.

About 2.98 billion trips are expected to be made during this year’s Spring Festival travel rush, known as Earth’s biggest human migration, between Jan. 13 and Feb. 21.

The average distance traveled was 262 km as most trips were intraprovince and 87.8 percent of the trips were within a range of 500 km, MOT data showed.

Nearly 80 percent of the travels were for visits to relatives and friends, as the festival is the most important occasion for family reunions.

The Guangzhou South Railway Station was the most used transportation hub during the migration, followed by Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and Beijing West Railway Station, all of which are seated in major cities with significant populations of migrant workers.

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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