Didi Shunfengche, the carpooling service from China’s largest ride-hailing platform Didi Kuaidi, announced that it has received over 580,000 cross-city orders for Lunar New Year trips from January 11 to January 23, with an order from Sanya to Shenyang covering the longest distance of 3577 kilometers, iFeng Tech reported on Sunday.
Didi’s carpooling service matches users who need rides with drivers through a smartphone app. The cross-city carpooling service was launched last September. Didi announced that it will provide services for Lunar New Year trips by allowing users to book cars 30 days in advance in January. The service allows drivers to give users a lift when travelling home for family reunions during the Lunar New Year holiday, which starts on February 8. About 2.91 billion trips are expected during this year’s festival, NetEase News reported.
Huang Jieli, general manager of the Didi Shunfengche department, said 80% of cross-city orders cover short distances within 100 kilometers, and most orders come from the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei regions, the Yangtze River Delta, and the Pearl River Delta.
Among the top ten Lunar New Year travel routes, over half start from first-tier Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shenzhen.
The majority of drivers taking cross-city orders are male. The male to female driver ratio is 16 to 1, with only half the number of female drivers taking cross-city orders compared to those taking inter-city orders.
Wang Shuiping, a senior official from the Ministry of Transport of China, said the ministry encourages carpooling services during the Lunar New Year travel rush.