A Chinese Tibetan mother holds her child at
the Xining Railway Station before going back home for the upcoming Spring
Festival to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in Xining city, northwest
China's Qinghai province.
A crowd of passengers queue
up at counters to get their boarding passes at the Beijing Capital International
Airport in Beijing, China, February 4, 2015.
China transportation is currently geared
up at full capacity to handle the annual surge of travelers at the start
of the 40-day Spring Festival holiday rush, as everybody is on the move
to get home to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year.
More than one million trips were made via
12,500 airline flights on the first day of the holiday period, known as
Chunyun, which will run until March 16.
China Railway Corp, operator of the country's
trains, said it handled 6 million trips on Wednesday.
Chinese tradition holds that people should
return home and spend Spring Festival with their families.
The observance creates an annual travel
rush that may be the largest recurrent human migration in the world.
The Spring Festival feast day falls on February
19 this year.
During the travel peak in 2014, Chinese
passengers made more than 3.6 billion trips. Among them, about 3.3 billion
were made by road, 266 million by rail, 44 million by air, and 42 million