Passengers wait for trains to stop at Changzhou Railway Station in Changzhou, east China’s Jiangsu Province, February 3. (Photo by Chen Wei/People’s Daily Online)
Long Fei, a migrant worker working in southern China’s Guangdong province, returns to his home in Guizhou every Chinese New Year.
Many years ago, Long and other migrant workers working in the Pearl River Delta region often rode motorcycles home because of China’s limited transportation capacity and the short supply of train tickets during the Festival travel rush. of Spring.
Thanks to the continuous development of transport networks in recent years, they can return home for Chinese New Year by taking high-speed trains or planes today. Long has bought a car and now goes home with his wife and daughter for Chinese New Year.
The declining number of migrant workers riding motorcycles home for Chinese New Year precisely reflects the changes and progress in China’s Spring Festival travel rush.
According to estimates by China’s Ministry of Transport, about 9 billion passenger trips will occur during this year’s Spring Festival travel rush.
The traditional transport sectors – railways, highways, aviation and transport – will all operate at full capacity. Newer forms of travel such as road trips, ride sharing and car rentals will also offer different options.
People visit a scenic spot in Shaoxing, east China’s Zhejiang Province, Feb. 3, 2024. (Photo by Zhou Wei/People’s Daily Online)
A large number of trips are being made for family visits and tourism, as well as from students and migrant workers returning home. The move reflects China’s continued economic recovery and social vitality.
Changes in the travel rush of the Spring Festival not only affect people’s choices for transportation, but also affect consumer demands.
This year, it is estimated that 7.2 billion trips will be made by car, accounting for 80 percent of the total. Nowadays, people can enjoy family gatherings and reunion dinners without being confined to their homes, as their mobility has been greatly facilitated by vehicles. They can go on trips whenever they want.
In addition, various means of transportation such as high-speed trains, airplanes and rental cars are working in close cooperation, allowing people to go to different destinations.
The diversification of travel choices not only facilitates people’s travel, but also promotes a more vibrant Spring Festival consumption market.
The tense travel rush of the Spring Festival has brought pressure on the relevant service sectors, but it has also presented opportunities for development. Train stations opened exclusive channels for passengers with special needs; airports have improved services for first-time travelers, travel platforms have increased capacity allocation, and highway service areas have provided food, repair and medical services to drivers. These thoughtful services have turned travel from a matter of “just getting from A to B” into an enjoyable experience that people can truly enjoy.
Police officers help a woman with mobility problems enter Jinhua Railway Station in east China’s Zhejiang Province, February 5, 2024. (Photo by Hu Xiaofei/People’s Daily Online)
Alleviating the pain points of Spring Festival travelers may reveal new opportunities for the development of the transportation industry.
Factories are working overtime to increase production; Logistics companies are working to ensure sustainable supply chains, and retail, hospitality and tourism businesses are fully prepared to meet customer demands. This coordinated effort across manufacturing, logistics and service sectors to provide uninterrupted deals is meeting people’s travel needs during the Chinese New Year, tapping the potential of the Spring Festival market and demonstrating the resilience of the Chinese economy.
In recent years, China has built the world’s largest high-speed rail network, highway system and world-class seaports. This extensive transport infrastructure has stimulated investment, fueled development and met people’s travel needs.
In the past, the Chinese used to travel long distances before reuniting with family during Chinese New Year, and today, they are spending the holiday wherever they want. People used to carry big bags full of gifts when visiting their parents, now thanks to online shopping, goods can be delivered directly to the home. People’s growing demand for a better life is driving progress in many industries, including transportation.
The continuous increase in passenger flow unleashes stronger consumer drive, greater economic vitality and greater development potential, reflecting the essence of the “Spring Festival rapid travel economy”, where supply and demand mutually promote each other. -the other and promote the formation of a dynamic balance of a higher level.
The development of the Spring Festival travel rush is a history of population mobility. In the 1980s, with the opening of urban-rural migration, there was an increase in migrant workers going out to work, which contributed to the rise of the “world factory” and created the phenomenon of the Spring Festival travel rush. Nowadays, more people are going to other countries for education and business opportunities, and then returning to contribute to the development of their homeland.
This is a process in which individuals grow in sync with the times and their personal aspirations resonate with the development of the nation. In the new era, various factors flow freely and development channels are more open, providing unprecedented opportunities for talents from all walks of life to strive for success.
Stable train ticket prices, significantly improved train speeds and increasingly convenient journeys home have become a vivid portrait of Chinese modernization, which aims to balance efficiency and fairness and allow the general public to share better development benefits. In the rush of Spring Festival travel, we can see a bright future of China.
(online editor: Cai Hairuo, Zhong Wenxing)