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New Year Migration Hits China’s Railways

More people than the U.S. population will travel by train over the holiday

The world’s biggest human migration gets into full swing this week as many of China’s 1.4 billion citizens return to their hometowns for the Lunar New Year holiday starting Feb. 15. During last year’s break a record 10.96 million train trips occurred on one day, and for the first time more people took bullet trains than conventional ones, according to official data. China’s high-speed rail network will once again be put to the test this year as almost 400 million people, more than the U.S. population, are expected to travel by train over the holiday, also known as Spring Festival.

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