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1. The annual Chinese New Year migration will last 40 days -- from January 26 to March 6 -- according to the Beijing's National Development and Reform Commission. The Chinese or Lunar New Year is one of China's most important holidays. An unprecedented number of Chinese will travel this year to spend time with family and friends, making it the world's largest annual migration.|
2. Chinese officials forecast that 3.4 billion trips will be taken during the holiday period, an increase of 8.6 percent from last year. The 2013 Lunar New Year, which begins February 10, ushers in the Year of the Snake.
3. Of those 3.4 billion trips, 3.1 billion will be by road -- 9 percent more than last year. An estimated 43 million passengers will travel by boat.
4. This is the number of people traveling by air, up 5.2 percent from 2012. China Eastern, China Southern and Air China are among airlines scheduling additional flights to help deal with the demand.
5. In Shanghai, Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao Airport are expecting 8.6 million travelers and 66,800 flights. These numbers account for more than 10 percent of Shanghai's annual passenger volume.
In all of 2012, the airports handled 78 million passengers.
6. Over the past decade, China has opened several new rapid-speed rail lines. This Lunar New Year period, some 225 million passengers will travel by train, up 4.6 percent from a year ago.
7. The national government estimates 7 million people will take trains on the peak travel days of February 6 and 7. In the capital, Beijing, 980,000 people are expected to use train services on each of those two days.
8. On January 15, 300,000 tickets were sold hourly on China Rail Service's official booking site -- a new record for the website. This was the day tickets for the peak travel days of February 6 and 7 were released.
9. On January 15, train tickets to major cities sold out in 20 seconds. The rail system's ticket website logged 17 million registered users and sold 2.65 million tickets on that single day. (All statistics are from official Chinese government data.)