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Travel Rush !Train Tickets Leaving Hefei Sold Out

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As per calculations based on a 15-day advance ticket sale period, starting from January 28, train tickets for February 11 (the second day of the Chinese New Year) are available for purchase via mobile phones and the internet.

However, reports from Da Wan News reveal a surge in enthusiasm for travel during this year’s Spring Festival, with tickets from Hefei to destinations like Changsha already sold out for February 11. Tickets to Wuhan, Nanchang, Xi’an, and other directions are also in high demand.

On the first day of the Spring Festival travel rush, January 26, Hefei’s high-speed rail south station experienced a peak in passenger traffic. According to railway authorities, on this day, Hefei sent out 150,000 passengers, marking a 76.5% increase compared to 2023 and a 26.0% increase compared to 2019.

So, why are train tickets for this year’s Spring Festival travel rush so hard to secure? Officials from the national railway group explain that this year’s Spring Festival travel rush is the first routine one after the stable phase of the pandemic, resulting in a robust demand for ticket purchases.

Routes to popular destinations with well-timed schedules and shorter travel times are particularly sought after, contributing to the difficulty in obtaining tickets.

Tickets from Hefei to Wuhan, Nanchang, Xi’an, and other directions are also reported to be tight. As of January 27, 15:25, tickets for February 11 in these directions are selling out quickly, with only a few options remaining, especially for high-speed trains.

The current Spring Festival travel peak is dominated by family visits and work-related travels, with a notable increase in tourist flows heading to destinations like Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan, Changsha, Fuzhou, Shijiazhuang, and Taiyuan. Tickets to certain northeastern, northwestern, and provincial destinations are reported to be particularly scarce.

For those planning leisure trips, it is advisable to consider traveling during non-peak periods. The 12306 railway website suggests that tickets from Hefei to Wuhan are already sold out for February 5 to 7, but there are still options before and after these dates.

To alleviate ticket shortages, passengers without tickets are encouraged to utilize the waitlist ticket purchase feature. New initiatives by the railway authorities aim to facilitate ticket purchases, changes, and waitlist requests, enhancing overall travel convenience for passengers during this year’s Spring Festival.

Travelers are also reminded to pay attention to the ticket purchasing timelines for return journeys. Tickets for the sixth day (February 15), seventh day (February 16), and eighth day (February 17) of the Lunar New Year will go on sale on February 1, 2, and 3, respectively.

Stay tuned for further updates on this developing story.

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