Over 85 mln Chinese travel on first day of long holiday

The number of travelers taking to China’s highways totaled 85 million by 4 p.m. on Sunday, the first day of the eight-day national holiday.

The figure is 13.3 percent more than the equivalent period last year, according to an announcement from the Ministry of Transport.

The surge was partially driven by a new government policy that has made most expressways in the country toll free during the holiday period for passenger cars with fewer than seven seats.

Sunday is the first day of China’s eight-day holiday bridging Mid-Autumn Festival on Sunday and the National Day holiday from Monday to Sunday.

Xinhua