Thousands fill Guangzhou Railway Station for holiday Travel
Thousands of holiday travellers slowly plod across the crowded plaza in front of Guangzhou Railway Station making their way home to be with family before the Chinese New Year arrives on February 3rd. Guangzhou, China. 27/01/2011
Officials have done a good job in Guangzhou to address the increased number of travellers during the Chinese New Year travel season, according to some travelers when asked their opinion of the crowds this holiday season. An increased number of police; both city and railway police, and volunteers are helping keep the crowds moving in an orderly way. Water stations, aid stations, and volunteers in bright neon green and white uniforms are in place around Guangzhou Railway Station to help make the travel experience during this peak travel season easier. Barriers and tents have been erected to help stream the flow of people coming to the station to the proper points of entry. Islands of corrals have been set up to identify and separate ticket holders with departure times less than and greater than 24 hours into stages. Travellers spoken to on Thursday had not noticed any delays or hindrances to their travel plans. They were happy to see the show of official help to guide the crowds and keep things moving in a fluent manner. Vendors selling collapsible seats outside the station said business was good.
The travel season began on Saturday, January 22nd, according to one article in the China Daily, a state run media company, and will continue into the early half of February. Chinese New Year eve falls on February 2nd this year.