China high-speed rail rush during ongoing holiday

Added On October 7, 2018

China's National Day holiday is often seen as a time for travel. 
Data shows that the number of people traveling by high-speed rail during this year's holiday is expected to more than double year-on-year.
Let's take a look.
According to the railway bureau in central China's Wuhan city, on the busiest day of the holiday, trains passing through the station are estimated to carry more than 940,000 passengers.
The number is close to the peak of the Spring Festival rush, which is usually considered to be the busiest time of year for transport.
SOUNDBITE (Chinese): CHEN CHEN, Tourist from Beijing
"We came here from Beijing by high-speed train. It has nice scenery and a good environment."
According to the China Railway Corporation, the fourth day of the current National Day holiday is estimated to register some 12.8 million railway passenger trips. Some 467 additional trains will be added to the schedule on Thursday.
The state-run railway operator said the holiday, which runs from Oct. 1 to 7, is expected to create a 10-day travel rush beginning Sept. 28 with some 129 million railway trips made mostly for travel and family reunion.
The figure marks a 9.5 percent year-on-year increase from the holiday last year.
So far, China's high-speed rail network has reached 25,000 kilometers in length, accounting for more than 60 percent of the world's total. The network expanded to Hong Kong last month, cutting a day-long trip to Beijing down to around nine hours.