Spring Festival Travel Season of 2010 will start from January 30 and end on March 10, lasting for 40 days.
In this period, tourists in China are suggested to double check their transportation conditions and book their tickets as early as possible, in order to avoid any bothering delays. A huge number of people, including workers, students and travelers will swarm into trains, coaches and planes within a very short period.
According to the authority, a total of 210 million passengers will be transported by trains during the 40-day spring festival travel season, 9.5% higher compared with that of last year’s. On average, the railway system in China is about to transport 5.25 million people one day during that period.
This year, the pilot real-name ticket selling system will be installed into 37 railway stations in Guangdong, Sichuan, Hunan and Guizhou provinces. Rail travelers in Guangzhou and Chengdu will have to buy railway tickets using their ID cards or passports, and get their names registered on the tickets. Due to the trial implementation of the system, travel agencies are not able to buy train tickets for tourists without tourists’ ID cards and passports.
Spring Festival Travel Season is also referred to as Chunyun period in Chinese, which is a period of travel in China with extremely high traffic load around the Chinese New Year holiday. The period usually begins 15 days before the Lunar Chinese New Year and lasts for about 40 days. In order to help ease the traffic load, the transportation authority will raise the ticket prices and increase the numbers of vehicles. Public security is also highly concerned by the authority, in order to make sure passengers have a happy and safe journey back home to enjoy the annual Chinese New Year with their families.
Spring Festival, or the Chinese New Year, is the most important festival for Chinese people, and it’s a long-held tradition for most Chinese people to reunite with their families during the period. People will return home to have reunion dinner with their families on Chinese New Year’s Eve, no matter where they are.
Enjoying the Spring Festival with Chinese locals is a most meaningful way for foreign tourists to obtain a real China experience through appreciating the mysterious but attractive Chinese traditional cultures and taking part in the celebration activities. Get more details about Chinese New Year.