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China reports over 60 mln railway trips as holiday ends

  Passengers are seen at the station hall of Nanchangxi Railway Station in east China's Jiangxi Province, Feb. 10, 2019. Railway trips in China reached 60.3 million during the week-long Spring Festival holiday from Feb. 4 to Feb. 10, data from the national railway operator showed Monday. (Xinhua/Peng Zhaozhi)

  BEIJING, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- Railway trips in China reached 60.3 million during the week-long Spring Festival holiday from Feb. 4 to Feb. 10, data from the national railway operator showed Monday.

  On Feb. 10, some 12.6 million passenger trips were made by rail, up 4.4 percent year on year, according to the China Railway Corporation (CRC).

  Hundreds of millions of Chinese went back to their hometowns to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year with their families. The annual travel rush around the festival, known as "chunyun," often puts the country's transportation system to the test.

  This year's Spring Festival travel rush started from Jan. 21 and will last till March 1, with railway trips expected to hit 413 million in total, up 8.3 percent.

  Passengers check in at Guiyang North Railway Station in Guiyang, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Feb. 10, 2019. Railway trips in China reached 60.3 million during the week-long Spring Festival holiday from Feb. 4 to Feb. 10, data from the national railway operator showed Monday. (Xinhua/Liu Xu)

  Passengers queue up to board a train at Zhengzhou East Railway Station in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, Feb. 10, 2019. Railway trips in China reached 60.3 million during the week-long Spring Festival holiday from Feb. 4 to Feb. 10, data from the national railway operator showed Monday. (Xinhua/Feng Dapeng)

  Passengers check in at Yinchuan Railway Station in Yinchuan, northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Feb. 4, 2019. Railway trips in China reached 60.3 million during the week-long Spring Festival holiday from Feb. 4 to Feb. 10, data from the national railway operator showed Monday. (Xinhua/Feng Kaihua)

  Passengers enter a platform at Wuhan Railway Station in central China's Hubei Province, Feb. 10, 2019. Railway trips in China reached 60.3 million during the week-long Spring Festival holiday from Feb. 4 to Feb. 10, data from the national railway operator showed Monday. (Xinhua/Cheng Min)

  A child looks at Spring Festival decorations on train No. Z157 from Taizhou in east China's Jiangsu Province to Harbin in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Feb. 4, 2019. Railway trips in China reached 60.3 million during the week-long Spring Festival holiday from Feb. 4 to Feb. 10, data from the national railway operator showed Monday. (Xinhua/Li Yuze)

  Passengers of the train No. D6503 arrive at Fuzhou Railway Station in southeast China's Fujian Province, Feb. 10, 2019. Railway trips in China reached 60.3 million during the week-long Spring Festival holiday from Feb. 4 to Feb. 10, data from the national railway operator showed Monday. (Xinhua/Lin Shanchuan)