BEIJING: The number of people making trips inside China over the week-long Chinese New Year holiday surged 74 per cent from last year after authorities scrapped COVID-19 curbs that had stifled travel for three years, media reported on Saturday (Jan 28).
An estimated 226 million domestic trips were made by all means including plane during the holiday week that ended on Friday, state broadcaster CCTV reported, citing government figures.
That compares with about 130 million domestic trips during the holiday week last year, according to the transport ministry.
In the last Chinese New Year holiday before the novel coronavirus emerged in late 2019 in the central city of Wuhan, about 420 million trips were made internally.
As for trips abroad, the National Immigration Administration (NIA) said on Friday that cross-border trips more than doubled in the first six days of the holiday – to a total of 2.39 million, up 123.9 per cent – compared with the same period last year.