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China estimates 40% fall in Lunar New Year passenger trips from 2019

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Men hang red lanterns marking New Year and Lunar New Year festivities following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China December 31, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/Files

BEIJING, Jan 20 (Reuters) - The number of passenger trips during China's Lunar New Year holiday this year is expected to be down 40% from the 2019 figure, a transport ministry official said on Wednesday.

Travel at the season's peak should be avoided, the official, Wang Xiuchun, told reporters.

The week-long holiday will start on Feb. 11.

Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; Writing by Ryan Woo; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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