SHANGHAI, CHINA - FEBRUARY 01: (CHINA OUT)
100,000 travellers left stranded at a Chinese train station amid holiday rush
More than 100,000 travellers were left stranded outside a train station in China last night as trains were delayed due to heavy snow.
Passengers who were preparing to make their way home for the upcoming New Year celebrations were left queuing outside Guangzhou Railway Station in freezing conditions, reports the People’s Daily Online.
Throughout the day huge queues developed outside the station, and some passengers waited up to ten hours before they could catch their train home. At least 32 trains were delayed in Guangzhou last night alone.
Pictures of the mad rush and busy queues have been circulating on Chinese media, showing a sea of people waiting outside patiently to get into the station and onto a train.
Though some looked calm, most of the passengers looked stressed out and tired after waiting for such a long time, frustrated that their trains were delayed.
As thousands of people waited outside in freezing temperatures yesterday, some fortunate passengers managed to travel. A total of 174,000 passengers were successfully transported at Guangzhou Railway Station, and 146,000 passengers at the Guangzhou East Railway Station.
Chinese New Year - also referred to as the annual Spring Festival - falls on February 8, and holiday celebrations can last a full month.
A whopping 2.91 billion journeys are expected to occur over the festival period this year from January 24 until March 3 as millions of migrant workers head home to their families then return to cities to work.
According to the report, the railway department has warned passengers not to arrive at the train stations too early during the Spring Festival travel period, as it only creates a crush and can cause delays.