Thousands stranded at China train station during holiday travel rush

Reuters . Beijing

More than 50,000 passengers were stranded at a railway station in the Chinese city of Guangzhou on Tuesday because of weather delays, state media said, an inauspicious start for some as the country embarks upon its annual lunar new year travel rush.
Millions brave long queues, delays, and sold out tickets in the yearly 40-day travel frenzy that bookends China’s Spring Festival, the country’s most important holiday, which this year falls on February 8.
Authorities had taken emergency measures to alleviate the overflow crowds at the Guangzhou Railway Station and ‘avoid the dangers of overcrowding’, the official Xinhua news agency said.

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