The Ministry of Railways is expecting about 64 million people to travel by train during an 11-day period from the end of this month until Oct. 8.
Chinese will enjoy —-the train travel is not part of the enjoyment —– eight days off, from October 1 to October 8, for the National Day and the Mid-Autumn Festival, the latter a traditional occasion dedicated to family reunion.
The estimated number of travelers would represent an increase of 9.3% over the same period last year.
The Ministry is planning to arrange 33 pairs of additional passenger trains a day on the existing service routes for major cities and tourist sites, and extend the service routes of two pairs of trains daily to meet the extra demand during the 11-day period.
China View said the Ministry would also arrange 39 pairs of additional trains every day to hot tourist destinations such as cities of Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Shenzhen and Kunming, two pairs more than the same period last year, according to Wang.
Not a good time to be taking a train holiday in China. Not unless you want to be part of this crowd scene in Guangzhou railway station.