|Passengers sit on a train before departure at the Yinchuan Railway Station in Yinchuan, capital of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autnomous Region, Feb. 24,2014. This year's "chunyun," the peak travel period surrounding China's Spring Festival, came to a close on Feb. 24 after 40-day bustling transportation. (Xinhua/Peng Zhaozhi)
BEIJING, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- As many as 3.6 billion holiday trips were made during China's "chunyun", the 40-day travel period around the Spring Festival, new official data showed Monday.
The travel period started on Jan. 16 this year.
About 266 million trips were made on railways, up 12 percent from a year ago. The peak fell on Feb. 6, the last day of the Spring Festival holiday, when a record 8.36 million railway trips were made, said the Ministry of Transport.
The data showed that trips made by road, air and water stood at 3.26 billion, 44.07 million and 42 million respectively.
Feng Zhenglin, deputy minister of transport, said the country's social security department and top economic planner all contributed to a smooth travel period.