China’s ride-sharing giant Didi Chuxing announced today that its Inter-City Hitch service completed over 30.67 million passenger trips during Chunyun (春运, the Spring Festival travel period, from February 1 to March 12 this year) that has just come to an end. The company saw nearly 90 thousand home-bound rides taking place in a single day on February 10th. And this year, the longest distance traveled on a single trip was from Harbin to Shenzhen, a 3391km journey.

Didi, one of world’s largest mobile transportation platform, launched the Inter-City Hitch (顺风车) service in 2015, this past Chunyun was the third travel rush that Hitch participated in. The company said the number of passenger trips completed this year was three times higher than the last two years combined… and that didn’t even take into account the 320,000 pets that were riding along with their owners.

Didi said this year’s passenger load was nearly half of what was completed by air travel. And the data shows that the Hitch service was the most popular among riders from Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Dongguan.

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Nicole Jao

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.