19 Jan '11, 5am

About 2.556 billion passenger trips are expected to be made as millions of Chinese travelled home for CNY celebrations

Passengers queue up to board a train at a railway station. -- PHOTO: AFP SHANGHAI - THE world's biggest annual migration of people began in China on Wednesday as millions of travellers boarded trains and buses across the country to journey home for the Lunar New Year celebrations. The Ministry of Transport said the number of separate passenger trips on the country's trains, planes, boats and buses is expected to reach 2.556 billion - 11.6 per cent more than last year, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Although the week-long holiday, also known as the Spring Festival, officially begins on Feb 3, demand for tickets is so high many travel weeks in advance. The festival travel season is expected to end on Feb 27. Most of the passengers are migrant workers who travel home to see their families only once a year for the country's most important holiday. The number of pass...

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