Plan Early: You Can Soon Buy Train Tickets in China 60 Days Ahead

Charles Liu , January 24, 2015 2:54pm (updated)

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Imagine yourself in this crowd. Now Imagine yourself not even having a ticket.

Chinese trains are expected to fill up much earlier once tickets become available for sale 60 days before the journey, much earlier than the current 20 days. It will have all kinds of implications, particularly on those wanting to head home during Spring Festival.

The change will happen on December 1, which means train tickets for Spring Festival will be available in December rather than in January or even February.

The 2015 Spring Festival holiday break is tentatively scheduled for February 19 to February 25, with Spring Festival itself taking place on February 19. A ticket to travel on February 18, the eve of Spring Festival, will be available for sale on December 21.

Chunyun, the annual travel period that sees millions of Chinese return to their home towns and villages, is the largest mass migration of people in the world. An estimated 3.62 billion trips were taken during the 40 days surrounding this past Spring Festival.

Photos: People’s Daily, zg1929

Charles Liu

The Nanfang's Senior Editor