The May Day travel rush in China signals the nation’s stepped-up recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, with people thronging at railway stations, airports and tourist sites, criss-crossing provinces.
Passenger trips on Chinese railways hit a new single-day high on Saturday, with nearly 18.83 million trips recorded, according to data released by the China State Railway Group Co., Ltd. The figure marks a 9.2-percent increase from the 2019 level, the first day of the International Workers’ Day holiday, which runs through Wednesday.
The news media have linked the travel boom to China’s success in containing the spread of COVID-19 and its ongoing mass vaccination campaign.
In mid-April, Chinese travel services provider Trip.com published forecast data for the May Day holiday, showing that bookings through the service provider have seen significant increases across many business areas compared with pre-pandemic levels.
As of April 14, holiday flight bookings had been 23 percent…