Spring Festival Travel Rush Started since Jan. 21, 2019
Jan. 21, 2019
From January 21, 2019, the Chinese Spring Festival travel rush for 2019 has started formally and it will last till March 1, 2019. During 40 days, it is expected that there will be 4,100 million passengers, with a daily average of more than 10 million. Compared with last year, there is an increase of 32 million people, with a growth of 8.3 %.
To ensure the passengers' smooth travel, a series of measures have been taken to increase the transport capacity by about 5.3 %. The measures are as follow:
1. Open new railways. In 2018, the newly opened railways reached 4,600 km and 4,100 km of those are high speed railways.
2. 400 pairs of faster 'Fuxinghao' high speed trains will be operated during the period.
3. More temporary trains will be opened.
Nevertheless, you are still suggested to book tickets in advance in case of the tickets selling out.
Wuhan - Shiyan High Speed Railway is Expected to Open at the end of 2019
Jan. 10, 2019
The Wuhan - Shiyan high speed railway has entered into track-laying stage and it is expected to formally open at the end of 2019. The overall distance of the railway is 399 km (248 mi) long and the designed speed reaches at 350 km/h (217 mph). There are 13 stations setting along the way. What's more, it has been called the most beautiful railway in Hubei Province as it connects several famous scenic areas including Wudang Mountains and Yellow Crane Tower. Once the railway is open, the travel time between Wuhan and Shiyan will be cut to 2 hours and only 1 hour is needed to travel between Wuhan and Xiangyang.