China's Spring Festival travel rush－the world's biggest annual human migration－will soon kick off and is set to be bigger than ever, with about 3 billion trips expected to be made, according to the country's top economic planner.
Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year, will fall on Jan 25, the earliest in the last eight years.
The 40-day travel rush, known as chunyun, will begin on Jan 10 and last until Feb 18.
Lian Weiliang, deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission, told a news conference on Wednesday that the number of road trips during the travel rush is projected to reach 2.43 billion, down 1.2 percent from last year, while boat trips are likely to top 45 million, surging 9.6 percent.
"About 790,000 buses and 19,000 boats will be put into operation to meet passengers' rising travel demand," he said, adding that the removal of expressway toll booths at provincial borders and the popularization of electronic toll collection devices will relieve traffic congestion on expressways during the travel rush.
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