. As we all know that, the spring festival is coming and China will begin its annual Spring Festival travel rush on Wednesday, with an expected 2.56 billion passenger trips in the coming 40 days.
It is reported that airlines and trains have been added to cope with the passenger surge, which is 11.6% up year on year, according to the Ministry of Transport.
As we can see from the news that except for the temporary trains, more high-speed trains have been put into operation for the Spring Festival. It is said that the high-speed train would be increased to 88 pairs this year, 55 more than last year’s 33 pairs in the capital of central China’s Hubei Province, Wuhan which largely eased the difficulties of buying tickets for passengers.
As we can see that the snow and sleet has struck five provincial level regions, including Hunan, Guangxi, Chongqing, Guizhou and Yunnan since Monday, disrupting transportation networks.
And our country started to put out some solutions, for example the Ministry of Public Security Tuesday ordered police in the five hard-hit areas to go all out to keep traffic flowing and make sure no expressways were shut down due to slippery roads.
That is reported that the police in the five localities were ordered to clean snow and ice on the roads and store emergency response materials, such as snow blowers, and maintain control of the flow of vehicles heading to the hardest-hit Guizhou province.
The vice minister of the Ministry of Transport, Weng Mengyong said that Snow and ice would bring great difficulties to transportation. It is said by Weng that five aspects of work, including anti-ice preparation, information release, monitoring network, emergency reaction and cooperation with public security bureaus, had been arranged ahead of the travel peak.
In early 2008, freezing weather across southern China caused power cuts and transportation chaos, preventing many residents from going home for family reunions during China’s lunar new year.
As we can see from the news that other new services are also being supplied as the pressure of transportation is increasing this year. In the next 40 days, not only passengers, but also railway crews, will face great challenges. The railway police Zhao Hongye in Lanzhou, capital of northwest China’s Gansu Province said that Patrolling was like a sauna to me.
It is reported that Zhao also said that it was too crowded. The 18 carriages were only 450 meters long, but it took me at least two hours to go though.
“It is the homesickness which makes the huge migration,” said Li Jiwei, a college student in Lanzhou, who had been counting the hours to get on his train home.
“It’s only 10 hours left,” he said. “I cannot wait to go home. The warm of home can offset all the difficulties on the journey,” he said.
“There is no Spring Festival if you are not at home,” said Zhou Changnong, a migrant worker, heading from Xining, capital of southwest China’s Qinghai Province, to his home town in central China’s Hunan Province.