As Chinese New Year 2011 which is also called Spring Festival by Chinese people, falls on February 2nd, 11 days ahead of that of 2010, the Spring Festival transportation peak period comes in advance this year. The Spring Festival travel rush in China in 2011 will last 40 days from January 19th to February 27th when millions of people returning home for family reunion during the Chinese New Year. The railway transportation plan for the upcoming Spring Festival has been launched.
Given that the Spring Festival travel rush is coming soon, foreign tourists who intend to pay a visit to China during the period of Spring Festival rush had better pay more attention to the transportation in China, especially in the big cities, such as Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu and Chongqing. During that period, getting train tickets is quite difficult and there is very little chance to manage to do it. Thus, for fear that failing of getting train tourists may spoil the journey, tourists could choose to travel by flight instead of trains or avoid traveling during that time.