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May Day travel rush mirrors China’s speedy recovery from COVID-19


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.

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