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UPDATED: 08:14, January 11, 2006
China highways to carry 1.855 bln passengers during traditional holiday
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With the Spring Festival, or the traditional Chinese new year, approaching, China predicted that its highway network will carry a massive 1.855 billion passengers during the upcoming holiday season, up three percent from the same period last year.

China has identified a 40-day period -- from Jan. 14 to Feb. 22 -- as the peak travel season, while the Spring festival falls on Jan. 29.

Waterways will transport 28 million passengers, up 1.5 percent year-on-year, said the Ministry of Communications.

People around China celebrate the Spring Festival as a special occasion for family reunion. For years, the nation's transportation system has been strained during the season, as millions of migrant workers and other Chinese flock back home and then return to the workplace in just two weeks.

The ministry said as the lunar Spring Festival comes not more than one month after the New Year's day, a large number of people, including students, migrant workers and other staffers will visit their homes in this short period.

The ministry said about 700,000 vehicles and 20,000 ships are ready to transport passengers.

Guangdong Province in south China, together with its neighboring provinces, has had a large passenger flow for years. About 20,000 buses have been arranged to come to factories, schools and building sites of this area for people to take buses easily.

The ministry has urged local transportation departments to make security a priority. Overloading vehicles remains forbidden though a large amount of freight and passengers need to be carried.

More than 600 coastguard vessels will patrol waters around the clock during the peak travel season.

The ministry will also provide information about roads that will be affected by bad weather through TV and the Internet.

Source: Xinhua

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