BEIJING – China’s rail travel hit an eight-year low, reaching pandemic lows during the normally busy summer season, official data show. because it hit the
About 440 million passengers traveled on China’s rail network between July 1 and August 31, the lowest since 2014, according to China Railway data.
This was down 4.8% from the 462 million trips seen in the same period in 2021 and 3.5% down from the 456 million trips in 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Summer is one of the busiest transportation seasons in China, as families and college students travel to scenic spots or return home from school. But travel plans have been disrupted by COVID restrictions imposed in multiple cities over the past few months as the virus resurges.
Sanya, a resort city in southern China, imposed a lockdown in early August, disrupting traffic in an attempt to stem a COVID-19 outbreak that emerged when about 80,000 visitors were enjoying the beaches during peak season. Limited institutional links.
According to Capital Economics, 41 cities, which account for 32% of China’s GDP, were in the middle of an outbreak as of Wednesday, the first since April when massive lockdowns hit the economy hard. It was of a high standard.
Major southern cities Guangzhou and Shenzhen tightened COVID restrictions on Wednesday. Combined, the two cities together have an economic output of 5.89 trillion yuan ($853.31 billion), about half of South Korea’s gross domestic product.
China hit the brakes hard in the second quarter after widespread lockdowns due to COVID-19. Mounting evidence suggests that an early recovery in the third quarter is in danger of stalling due to a new COVID flare-up and a long-term weak outlook for the real estate sector.