03 May 2021
On Monday, the China Railway Shanghai Group stated that railway passengers in the Yangtze River Delta region have increased midway through the May Day holiday, suggesting that this would be helpful towards the country’s recovery from the pandemic.
Between Thursday April 29, when the holiday travel rush began, and Sunday around 12.458 million rail trips were recorded in the region. It also exceeded the daily high of chunyun (Spring Festival travel rush), which is the busiest railway travel period of the year – with 3.65 million travelling on the first day of the holiday.
Speaking to journalists, a passenger said, "I planned to visit Hebei early this year, but it was cancelled due to COVID-19. Now the situation is stable, so I decided to go with my friends over the May Day holiday to avoid the coming summer vacation travel peak."
An additional 96 trains will be in operation as from today, with around 2.85 million trips being expected in the region.
The railway group listed the following as being the most popular routes during the holiday: Beijing-Shanghai, Shanghai-Nanjing, Shanghai-Hangzhou, Hangzhou-Huangshan, Hefei-Fuzhou, Shanghai-Suzhou-Nantong and Xuzhou-Lianyungang.
The Shanghai Spring Tour will lead around 1,000 tourists in the Yangtze River Delta region to Hebei in groups.