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China > Mainland > Spring Festival travel peak 2012

Passengers run to catch trains at railway stations

2012-01-10 08:28:34 GMT2012-01-10 16:28:34(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A passenger carries his luggage on shoulder to catch the train at the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 8, 2012. (Xinhua/Chen Yehua)

A working staff directs passengers to enter the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 8, 2012.(Xinhua/Li Fangyu)

Passengers run to catch the train at the Guangzhou Railway Station in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, Jan. 8, 2012. (Xinhua/Chen Yehua)

A passenger carries his luggage to catch the train at the Guangzhou Railway Station in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, Jan. 8, 2012. (Xinhua/Chen Yehua)

 China started the 40-day Spring Festival peak travel season Sunday, with a total of 3.16 billion passenger expected on the move.

China's railways will carry 235 million passengers during the travel rush, up 6.1 percent year-on-year. The Spring Festival, or Chinese lunar New Year, falls on Jan. 23 this year. It is the most important traditional Chinese festival for family reunions.

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