First day of China's Spring Festival travel rush sees over 34 million passenger trips

More than 34.7 million passenger trips were made across China on Saturday, the first day of this year's 40-day Spring Festival travel rush which lasts until February 15.

Passengers prepare to board a train in Suzhou Railway Station in Suzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, January 7, 2023. (Photo: Xinhua)

The total is up 38.9 percent over the same period last year but 48.6 percent down compared to the pre-pandemic level in 2019.