Spring Festival travel rush hits record

The city's two airports handled almost 13 million people in the 40-day Spring Festival peak that ended on Monday.

Shanghai's two airports handled a record 12.61 million passengers during the annual travel peak period that ended on Monday.

The number was 4.1 percent higher than last year as more people fly home for the Spring Festival.

It is the world's largest short-term movement of people as families reunite for the Spring Festival, which fell on February 16 this year.

The city's three major railway stations — Shanghai South, Hongqiao and Shanghai main station — handled 12.47 million people throughout the 40-day travel peak.

It was the first Spring Festival travel rush for Fuxing Bullet Trains. The seven new high speed trains between Shanghai and Beijing carried about 270,000 passengers.

Meanwhile, the Shanghai Railway Station launched Xinshang Cloud, a new feature for the station's WeChat account this year that provides timetables and lost property reports.

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