The Chinese Spring Festival travel rush has begun, ahead of the Lunar New Year. The travel rush is one of the “greatest annual human migrations on Earth”.
According to travelling research in China, this year is showing different travelling trends amongst the Chinese nationals. Usually the younger working and studying nationals travel to their home towns in time for the festival, but this year there have been reports of more people arriving in the city centres instead of leaving. This week-long national holiday is the only time in the year where many of China’s 1.3 billion people will see their family members that come from home lands that are far from the city.
To help travellers China has added more trains and buses on the busiest routes in order to ease the pressure on travel companies. Many websites and ride-hailing apps have rolled out carpooling services to match drivers and passengers going home for the holiday, in order to help travellers who cannot get a ticket.
An “iBus” app is also a huge benefit that adds bus schedule information for 15 counties and cities and offers users the ability to search bus route suggestions and estimated bus arrival times.
The bus staff in Qingdao, Shandong Province, have unveiled new services for unaccompanied children on long-haul rides. The children will get a designated staff member to sit with and a 6-digit delivery code to ensure they end up in the right hands. Their parents are sent cell phone videos of how their kids are doing on the ride.
This Lunar New Year marks the beginning of “The Year of the Monkey” according to the Chinese Zodiac. The Chinese New Year is the most significant and monumental festival in the People’s Republic of China.
The “Spring Rush” or “Chunyun” is a travel period that begins 15 days before the Lunar New Year festivities are due to begin. Factory workers and others from metro cities travel inland, heading home for celebrations.