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China kicks off Spring Festival travel season

Xinhua
28 Jan 2021, 17:30 GMT+10

© Provided by Xinhua | Passengers walk to board their train at the Beijing Railway Station, in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 28, 2021. (Xinhua/Zhang Chenlin)

BEIJING, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- China kicked off Spring Festival travel season on Thursday with lowered expectations of passenger flows as the country tightens measures to curb the COVID-19 resurgence. The travel rush lasts from Jan. 28 to March 8 this year.

The 40-day travel peak is expected to see around 1.7 billion passenger trips, up about 10 percent year on year, but more than 40 percent lower than that of 2019, the Ministry of Transport has said.

To curb the spread of the coronavirus during the holiday period, China issued a plan to reduce mass gatherings and strengthen epidemic control, with measures such as advocating off-peak travel and encouraging people to stay put during the holiday.

© Provided by Xinhua | Passengers keep social distancing while waiting to check in at the Beijing Railway Station, in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 27, 2021. (Xinhua/Zhang Chenlin)

© Provided by Xinhua | Passengers wait to check in at the Beijing Railway Station, in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 28, 2021. (Xinhua/Zhang Chenlin)

© Provided by Xinhua | A staff member makes final inspections before the train 3603 departs from Beijing to Chongqing, in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 28, 2021. (Xinhua/Zhang Chenlin)

© Provided by Xinhua | Passengers get ready to depart on the train 3603 from Beijing to Chongqing, in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 28, 2021. (Xinhua/Zhang Chenlin)

© Provided by Xinhua | A train driver makes preparations before departure on the train 3603 from Beijing to Chongqing, in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 28, 2021. (Xinhua/Zhang Chenlin)

© Provided by Xinhua | A passenger walks through the infrared temperature measuring area when entering the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 27, 2021. (Xinhua/Zhang Chenlin)

© Provided by Xinhua | A staff member sprays disinfectant at the Beijing Railway Station, in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 27, 2021. (Xinhua/Zhang Chenlin)

© Provided by Xinhua | A passenger places her luggage on the overhead rack on the train 3603 from Beijing to Chongqing, in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 28, 2021. (Xinhua/Zhang Chenlin)

© Provided by Xinhua | A crew member checks tickets on the train 3603 from Beijing to Chongqing, in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 28, 2021. (Xinhua/Zhang Chenlin)

© Provided by Xinhua | Passengers place their luggage on the overhead rack on the train 3603 from Beijing to Chongqing, in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 28, 2021. (Xinhua/Zhang Chenlin)

© Provided by Xinhua | Passengers get ready to depart on the train 3603 from Beijing to Chongqing, in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 28, 2021. (Xinhua/Zhang Chenlin)

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