600M fan out as China marks holiday
The Golden Week holiday marks the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and sees an astonishing annual movement of people trying to get home or take holidays. More than 600 million trips will be taken during the holiday, down 20 percent from a year ago, the country’s biggest travel agency, Ctrip, estimated, but they will still force the state railway to lay on 1,000 extra trains a day. Around 108 million passengers will take trains during the eight-day holidays – around 13.5 million a day. They are likely to bring much-needed spending to far-flung parts of China – last year, travelers spent $9.5 billion during the Golden Week. Many will take luxury holidays at home, travel operator Quanar said, amid global travel restrictions. This year has added significance, with the crowds filling the concourses pointing to a country rebounding from the outbreak and parading the freedom to travel as a contrast to the rolling lockdowns hitting much of the world. “Normally, we would take a family holiday abroad... but this year we opted for a staycation instead,” said Niu Honglin from Shanghai.