Chinese railways set record for single day passengers

08:10, February 21, 2011      

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China's railways handled 7.13 million passengers Saturday, setting a new one day record, the Ministry of Railways (MOR) said Sunday.

The figure was 16 percent higher year on year, the MOR said.

Chinese railways are witnessing a new wave of travel after the Lantern Festival celebration (the 15th day of the first month in the Lunar New Year) Thursday, which is considered a symbolic ending of the festival season.

China's Spring Festival fell on Feb. 3 this year.

The busy Spring Festival transportation season runs for 40 days and is calculated in two phases: 15 days before the Spring Festival and 25 days after the Spring Festival.

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