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China: National Day Holiday kicks off with lowest number of train trips

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The 7-day-long National Day Holiday also known as the Golden Week for tourism, kicks off in Beijing on Saturday with the lowest number of train trips since the pandemic began.

Footage shows thousands of people gathering at the railway station to leave the city for the holiday.

COVID-19 control has been tightened ahead of the break and the passengers are requested to show a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours to enter the station.

However, The State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China expect that Chinese railways will operate 68.5 million passenger trips during the 11-day-long holiday travel rush, which lasts from September 28 to October 8.

Passenger traffic is expected to peak on October 1 with 8 million passenger trips, the China State Railway Group Co., Ltd. said.

According to the Ministry of Railways, about 110 million train journeys were made during the National Day celebrations last year, down from 120 million the previous year. In 2019, before the pandemic, the number was 138 million.

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