China is preparing for a significant influx of travelers starting on Friday, January 10, for the annual Spring Festival (Lunar New Year). The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is expecting around 3 billion trips to be taken through Tuesday, February 18. According to China’s rail operator, over 300 million tickets have been sold for trains during the travel period since December 12, 2019. Beijing Capital Airlines is also expecting to handle over 1.7 million travelers. Peak travel rush will likely take place from Saturday, January 25, to Saturday, February 8, which marks the Lunar New Year public holiday. Significantly crowded conditions and an increased demand for transportation services and accommodations are anticipated throughout China over the coming weeks.
Increased security measures will also be in place during the Spring Festival period. Railway officials announced that a public security campaign has been launched to severely crack down on crimes such as theft, robbery, and fraud. The Ministry of Public Security warned on Wednesday, January 8, that there is an increased risk of traffic accidents due to a higher number of private vehicles on the road during the holiday. A heightened security presence is expected around all public transportation hubs, on roadways, and near associated cultural events.
Individuals in or traveling to China are advised to adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, as well as local customs and laws. Anticipate crowded travel conditions, including at airports, rail stations, roads, and hotels.