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Lantern Festival return travel rush begins

(Xinhua)

08:34, February 08, 2012

Passengers walk out of the West Railway Station of Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 7, 2012. As the traditional Spring Festival drew to an end, a new wave of post-holiday travel rush came to China's railway system on Tuesday, which mainly included students going back to school for the new semester and migrant workers returning to cities to start work. (Xinhua/Li Wen)

BEIJING, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- More than 80 million passenger trips are expected to take place on China's roads for the end of the Lantern Festival holiday, transportation authorities said Tuesday.

He Jianzhong, spokesman for the Ministry of Transport (MOT), said 80.98 million passenger trips via road and 1.02 million trips via water-based transport are expected on Tuesday, growing by 9.6 percent and 3.4 percent year-on-year, respectively.

Many migrant workers and students are coming back to cities after the Spring Festival, the most important holiday for the Chinese.

He said traffic has resumed on two previously closed expressways in Shandong and Zhejiang provinces, adding that the national highway network is back to normal operation.

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