China railways carry 221 mln passengers over Spring Festival travel period

China's railways carried a record 221 million passengers during a 40-day Spring Festival travel rush period that ended on Sunday, the Ministry of Railways said Monday.

The figure represents an increase of 8.3 percent from the last Spring Festival period, said the ministry in an online statement.

The daily transport capacity in five out of the 40 days exceeded the previous record of 6.37 million set last year, it said.

A new record was established on Feb. 19 with 7.13 million passengers traveling on that day, it added.

Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year, fell on Feb. 3 this year. It is the most important festival of family reunion for the Chinese.

( Xinhua, February 28, 2011 )