China to see surge in return trips as holiday draws to close
BEIJING, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- China's transport operators will see a surge in return trips on Thursday as an eight-day national holiday draws to a close.
On Thursday, 13 million train trips are expected, and 1,234 additional trains have been put into operation to handle the spike in trips involving tourism and family visits, according to the China State Railway Group Co., Ltd.
China's daily train trips had exceeded 10 million for eight consecutive days by Wednesday, the railway operator said.
In a bid to cope with the surging passenger flow, airliners used widebody aircraft for over 30 popular routes connecting Xi'an and Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hangzhou.
The country's transport sector maintained stable and orderly operation during the extended holiday, the Ministry of Transport said Thursday.
China celebrates its National Day on Oct. 1, and the weeklong holiday this year has been extended to Oct. 8 as it overlapped with the Mid-Autumn Festival, a traditional festival symbolizing family reunion that falls on Aug. 15 on the lunar calendar. Enditem