China’s Chunyun (春运)—the busiest travel period in China before and after Spring Festival—sees hundreds of millions of people return home to reunite with their families, a daunting task for the country’s transport systems and travel booking sites.

The official website of China Railway Corporation, 12306, is one of the world’s busiest website during this time of year. According to Xinhua, as of Monday morning, since the train tickets have gone on sale over 10.5 million users have booked their tickets on the site with more than 23.45 million tickets sold.

“The average page views for 12306 is 55.67 billion views per day and 81.34 billion views per day during the peak period. The highest clicks per hour is 5.93 billion, with an average of 1.648 million clicks per second,” said Zhu Jian Sheng, the associate director of the Institute of Computing Technologies at China Academy of Railway Sciences.

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Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.