In the first 26 days of the 40-day Spring Festival travel season, during which people travel home to reunite with family, the Wuhan-to-Guangzhou high-speed trains were 98% full.
The recently built Wuhan-to-Guangzhou high-speed railway, which costs RMB116.6 billion ($17.1 billion) allows trains to travel at an average speed of 350 km/h. The trip previously took at least 11 hours, now it takes only three.
Chen Min, dispatcher in chief of the Group, said high-speed trains had moved 1.11 million passengers since the start of the travel season on January 30.
According to the Zhengzhou Railway Bureau another high-speed railway from the central city of Zhengzhou to Xi’an in the northwestern Shaanxi Province was also seeing similar attendance rates.
EnglishNews.cn reports that in the two months since the line’s opening on Dec. 26, 2009, there have been 2.32 million passengers.