China Gets Ready for Record-Breaking National Day Travel Peak
Lu Hanzhi
DATE:  Sep 28 2023
/ SOURCE:  Yicai
China Gets Ready for Record-Breaking National Day Travel Peak China Gets Ready for Record-Breaking National Day Travel Peak

(Yicai) Sept. 28 -- China’s upcoming eight-day Golden Week holiday is expected to break a traffic record with the highest predicted level of congestion tomorrow.

The number of vehicles on expressways nationwide is forecast to reach 60 million during the eight days, breaking a record high, the transport ministry predicts. Some 2.05 billion people are expected to travel between different domestic regions.

The peak of road transport is likely to take place tomorrow and some of the busiest parts are the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, the Yangtze River Delta, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and the Chengdu-Chongqing city cluster, per the ministry. Most people are looking to leave their homes as trips between different cities and provinces should make up over 70 percent of all, according to Xinhua News Agency.

Baidu, which runs a navigation application, expects highway traffic to rise by 80 percent compared to usual, and the biggest traffic jams should happen tomorrow around 10 a.m. Another mapping platform AutoNavi predicted that traffic congestion would start today around 3 p.m. and peak tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Didi Chuxing, a ride-hailing company, anticipates travel demand to surge by 80 percent from a year earlier. The three most active days should be today, tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow. Domestic tourist destinations, including Beijing, Shanghai, and Hangzhou, should be popular among travelers, and some of them could triple trip demand from normal, per Didi.

Instead of ride-hailing, many are picking rental cars. The number of car rental bookings rose by almost six times from a year earlier and some of the hottest destinations are Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, as well as the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, according to mobility firm Hello.

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Keywords:   Golden Week,National Day,China,2023,Travel