This year's Spring Festival travel rush, or Chunyun in Chinese, is currently in full swing, with nearly 3 billion trips expected to be made in the 40 days, from January 21 to March 1. International media have been widely reporting on the event, dubbing it "the biggest human migration on the planet."
According to CNN, 2.46 billion trips made over the Chunyun period will be made by car, 413 million by rail — a rise of 8.3 percent — and 73 million by air.
"In any other nation, so many travelers would grind the local infrastructure to a halt. But China is unlike any other nation and it is well-equipped to handle the masses," the media group reported.
"The scale of the migration is astounding: While some 54 million Americans undertake a significant journey for Thanksgiving, Chinese citizens will rack up about 3 billion trips during this year's travel-fest," Bloomberg News also reported.
China launched 10 new railways at the end of 2018, expanding its operational length of high-speed lines to 29,000 kilometers, according to Chinese authorities. The country has also made efforts to improve services in many aspects.
The Hong Kong-based Asian Times said that facial and voice recognition, robots, augmented reality navigation and other new technologies were all scheduled to come into operation to improve safety and crowd control during this year's seasonal upsurge.
Meanwhile, Japan's Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun (Daily Industrial News) published an in-depth report on how the railway police in Shenzhen, southern China's Guangdong province, used AI robots to help track criminal suspects and fight fire.
Xi'an Railway Administration, in northwestern China's Shaanxi province, recruited several foreign student volunteers from nearby Xi'an Jiaotong University to assist in directing passengers during the hectic Chunyun period.
(Source: Cankaoxiaoxi and China Daily / Translated and edited by Women of China)