The National Day, which marks the founding of the People’s Republic of China, coincides with the Mid-Autumn Festival of this year.
It is estimated that 550 million people will travel home during the eight-day holiday as “Golden Week”. It is believed that 13 million passenger trips were made on Thursday – the highest figure since February, according to state media.
Coronovirus emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. China appears to have largely halted the spread of the virus, and most of the restrictions have been lifted.
Images of China are the world apart from a nation that was under lockdown earlier this year.
China’s railway service estimates that there will be 108 million trips during the eight-day holiday.
Despite the large passenger numbers on Thursday, the figure is still lower than the 17 million visits made on a single day last year.
In the capital, some used the opportunity to attend a flag-raising ceremony on the 71st anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
Others used the opportunity to visit tourist sites.
Travel service Qunar told the Reuters news agency that economy flights were sold to some of China’s tourist areas, such as China’s southwestern city.
The Aviation Authority of China estimates that bookings for domestic flights increased by 10.5% last year.
Last year seven million people traveled abroad to a destination like Thailand but with worldwide restrictions, many countries are out of bounds for travelers.
In anticipation of heavy congestion at China’s tourist destinations, the Chinese government has directed all sites to limit their penetration to 75% of their normal capacity.
China claims to have recorded 90,545 cases and 4,739 deaths since the outbreak began.
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