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Chinese cities brace for massive return travelers

COACH and railway terminals in major Chinese cities are bracing for a fresh travel rush, as millions of festival travelers set foot on return trips to city work after a week-long holiday.

The Shanghai Bureau of Railways reported a daily transport volume of 750,000 passengers yesterday. The number was 70,000 more than that on Tuesday. The bureau said the travel peak would take place tomorrow, the last day of the seven-day Spring Festival holiday.

Service booths for migrant workers were set up at Beijing's railway and coach terminals yesterday, as the Chinese capital's human resources management authority launched its annual monitoring on the flow of migrant workers to the city.

Zhang Xiaolin, an official with the Beijing Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, said the service booths are set up at the transport hubs when the post-holiday travel rush begins every year. The work started five days earlier this year than the previous years.

He said the bureau has set up 25 such service booths at major terminals, which will collect 24,200 sample questionnaires on migrant workers from February 17 to March 10.

"The questionnaires can help us get information such as the labor source regions and job orientations. Our staff also provide work consultation services at the booths," said Zhang.

He said Beijing has a huge demand for workers in 10 varieties of jobs, including security guards, waitresses, dustmen, salesmen, hotel waiters and electric appliance maintenance workers.


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