原文标题：Chinese trains to move more than UP’s population during Spring Festival
BEIJING: Chinese trains will carry more people than the entire 200-million strong population of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, during the 40-day Spring Festival beginning Sunday. The daily passenger traffic during festival time will average 5.88 million, which is a lot more than the population of Norway, Singapore and the United Arab Emeritus.
The rush will mean trains packed like sardines and might see a repeat of scenes in past years that include heated arguments, problems of food and toilets. Some people wore special adult sized diapers because it is often not possible to reach the toilets in overcrowded trains.
The ministry of railways is trying to check the sale of fake train tickets by implementing a system of real-name booking using identity cards. But it is worried about what a spokesman described as “the conflict remains between passenger demand and railway capacity.”
Regarded as the world’s biggest passenger movement, the festival rush is largely caused by migrant workers and students in four highly developed areas– Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Hangzhou– China returning to their homes in the eastern and northern parts of the giant nation.
The ministry expects to carry 235 million passengers, a 6 per cent increase over last year’s Spring Festival season between January 8 and February 16. The country has an estimated 200 million migrant workers.
Though long distance buses and airlines provide much needed support, millions of workers and students are unable to get tickets during the festival period. The Spring Festival, or the Chinese Lunar New Year, falls on January 23. But people begin leaving for their homes much ahead of the festival and return to their work much after it is over.
The ministry has arranged for extra trains in anticipation of the rush, but challenges remain because demand far outstrips supply, the spokesman said.
07 Jan, 2012 03:00 AM
What’s the big deal about China moving 5.88 million daily during the festival? We have a daily mass moving festival in Bombay alone, they move over 7.24million (trusting Wiki’s figures)
amphibian (earth) replies to Chenithala
07 Jan, 2012 05:34 AM
The journalist missed a zero
Milind Wakhale (Vadodara, Gujarat, India)
06 Jan, 2012 11:07 PM
Do we need to do any thing for such routine problems…???
06 Jan, 2012 10:06 PM
An international air traffic nightmare – so many chinese moving around and clogging the airplanes outside China. The air-ticket prices go up and and there is no seat availability. Just a public nightmare.
06 Jan, 2012 09:24 PM
Last Train Home
06 Jan, 2012 09:21 PM
Cant imagine wearing a adult size diaper… That too chineese make… LOL 🙂 how will I sit wearing it???? :p
The Asstralian Convict (1788 Gaol)
06 Jan, 2012 06:36 PM
United Arab what? Is the editor still on Christmas holidays?
阿拉伯联合什么？编辑仍然在过圣诞节吗？（三泰虎注：这位印度网民指出文章的错误，文章中的阿联酋写成“United Arab Emeritus”，应为“United Arab Emirates”）
indian (India) replies to The Asstralian Convict
06 Jan, 2012 08:01 PM
well said. so, one can imagine the standard of India media and their journalists, reporters etc….all are below standards. none have journalistic professionalism and ethics. makes me so proud to be indian. jai ho.