Posted by: mulrickillion | January 30, 2012

Cities see surge of returning workers

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Hundreds of passengers wait to enter the subway as they leave Beijing Railway Station on Sunday. The transport network is facing peak demand as workers return from Spring Festival holidays. Photo by Zou Hong / China Daily.

By Xu Wei and Li Wenfang, China Daily, Jan 30, 2012 — BEIJING / GUANGZHOU – The week-long Spring Festival holiday ended with another travel peak as millions of travelers returned from family visits to work, raising pressure on railroads and highways.

Railway authorities said on Sunday that more than 6.6 million individual train trips were recorded across the nation on Saturday, the last day of the holiday. The authority put 815 more trains into service to meet the increase in travel demand.

The Spring Festival, regarded by Chinese as a traditional occasion for family reunions, fell on Jan 23 this year. The holiday lasted from Jan 22, the eve of the Lunar New Year, to Jan 28. . . .

Cities see surge of returning workers|China photos|chinadaily.com.cn

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