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A nation on the move during holiday

By Xu Wei  (China Daily)

08:23, January 06, 2012

BEIJING - Authorities said ensuring safety is the main task during the Spring Festival travel period as the transportation system nationwide braces for a tough test.

China's annual Spring Festival travel rush will begin on Sunday, and authorities estimate 3.158 billion passenger journeys will be made during the 40-day travel period.

Passenger flow will increase by 9.1 percent from last year and "the fact that the New Year holiday and the Spring Festival fall close together will further toughen the challenge," said Liu Tienan, vice-minister of the National Development and Reform Commission, in a nationwide video and teleconference on the Spring Festival rush.

Feng Zhenglin, vice-minister of the Ministry of Transport, stressed the need for measures to ensure road safety, after a road accident in Hunan province claimed 13 lives on Tuesday and another in Guizhou province on Wednesday claimed 18 lives.

The Spring Festival, which begins on Jan 23, is considered China's most important traditional festival, and people nationwide will travel for family reunions.

Major passenger traffic will rush from Beijing, the Yangtze River delta and the Pearl River delta before the festival.

After the festival, pressure on the transportation system will increase in provinces with a large number of migrant workers.

The Ministry of Railways warns train service may fall short of demand.

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