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Most Crowded Trains in the World

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Published on Jan 17, 2014

China's railway network saw a total ridership of more than 6.07 million in a single day Thursday when the 2014 Spring Festival travel rush started, according to the national transport authorities.

The Beijing West Railway Station, a major railway station in China, handled 261,000 passengers on Thursday, with 14,000 more expected on Friday.

In order to cope with the rush, railway stations across the country have set up large shelters to stream the passengers into the stations under instruction.

Meanwhile, railway police have adopted measures to ensure a smooth and safe journey for Chinese travelers during the 40-day travel rush, which is dubbed as the largest annual human migration on earth.

They have increased patrols at train stations and ticket offices and will pay special attention to suspicious group ticket purchasers, according to a statement from the railway police authorities.

The police have also set up special forces targeting online scalping, monitoring irregular transactions and seizing scalpers who use "ticket snatching" plugins to acquire a large number of tickets online and resell them at a high price.

According to the railway authorities, Chinese police have seized 1,520 suspects for ticket scalping and confiscated 7,718 tickets in a crackdown on ticket hoarding since December 10 last year.

About 3.62 billion trips are expected to be made across China during the 40-day travel rush around the Spring Festival, or Chinese lunar new year, which falls on January 31 this year. Nearly 258 million Chinese are expected to travel by rail during the period.

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