Thousands stranded at China train station during holiday travel rush

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Huge queues outside Guangzhou railway station in Guangzhou, in southern China's Guangdong province on February 2, 2016. Tens of thousands of Lunar New Year travelers in China were stranded on February 2 at a station in Guangzhou, state media said, after snow and ice elsewhere disrupted the world's largest annual human migration. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Huge queues outside Guangzhou railway station in Guangzhou, in southern China's Guangdong province on February 2, 2016. Tens of thousands of Lunar New Year travelers in China were stranded on February 2 at a station in Guangzhou, state media said, after snow and ice elsewhere disrupted the world's largest annual human migration. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Passengers queue up to enter Guangzhou railway station in Guangzhou, in southern China's Guangdong province on February 2, 2016. Tens of thousands of Lunar New Year travelers in China were stranded on February 2 at a station in Guangzhou, state media said, after snow and ice elsewhere disrupted the world's largest annual human migration. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Passengers queue up to enter Guangzhou railway station in Guangzhou, in southern China's Guangdong province on February 2, 2016. Tens of thousands of Lunar New Year travelers in China were stranded on February 2 at a station in Guangzhou, state media said, after snow and ice elsewhere disrupted the world's largest annual human migration. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
GUANGZHOU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 02: Passengers wait for trains at Guangzhou Railway Station as they travel for the upcoming Spring Festival on February 2, 2016 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China. Chinese people are preparing for the Spring Festival, the Year of Monkey, which will falls on February 8, 2016 according to the Chinese Lunar calendar. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)
GUANGZHOU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 02: Passengers walk in front of Guangzhou Railway Station as they travel for the upcoming Spring Festival on February 2, 2016 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China. Chinese people are preparing for the Spring Festival, the Year of Monkey, which will falls on February 8, 2016 according to the Chinese Lunar calendar. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)
GUANGZHOU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 02: Passengers wait for trains at Guangzhou Railway Station as they head back home for the upcoming Spring Festival on February 2, 2016 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China. Chinese people are preparing for the Spring Festival, the Year of Monkey, which will falls on February 8, 2016 according to the Chinese Lunar calendar. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)
GUANGZHOU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 02: Passengers walk in front of Guangzhou Railway Station as they travel for the upcoming Spring Festival on February 2, 2016 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China. Chinese people are preparing for the Spring Festival, the Year of Monkey, which will falls on February 8, 2016 according to the Chinese Lunar calendar. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)
GUANGZHOU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 02: Passengers walk in front of Guangzhou Railway Station as they head back home for the upcoming Spring Festival on February 2, 2016 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China. Chinese people are preparing for the Spring Festival, the Year of Monkey, which will falls on February 8, 2016 according to the Chinese Lunar calendar. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)
GUANGZHOU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 01: (CHINA OUT) Passengers wait for trains at Guangzhou Railway Station as they head back home for the upcoming Spring Festival on February 1, 2016 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China. Chinese people are preparing for the Spring Festival, the Year of Monkey, which will falls on February 8, 2016 according to the Chinese calendar. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
GUANGZHOU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 02: Passengers walk in front of Guangzhou Railway Station as they travel for the upcoming Spring Festival on February 2, 2016 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China. Chinese people are preparing for the Spring Festival, the Year of Monkey, which will falls on February 8, 2016 according to the Chinese Lunar calendar. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)
GUANGZHOU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 02: Passengers wait for trains at Guangzhou Railway Station as they travel for the upcoming Spring Festival on February 2, 2016 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China. Chinese people are preparing for the Spring Festival, the Year of Monkey, which will falls on February 8, 2016 according to the Chinese Lunar calendar. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)
GUANGZHOU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 02: Passengers wait for trains at Guangzhou Railway Station as they travel for the upcoming Spring Festival on February 2, 2016 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China. Chinese people are preparing for the Spring Festival, the Year of Monkey, which will falls on February 8, 2016 according to the Chinese Lunar calendar. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)
GUANGZHOU,CHINA-FEBRUARY 2: Passengers sleep at McDonald's and wait for trains at GuangZhou Railway Station square as they head back home for the upcoming Spring Festival on February 2, 2016 in Guangzhou, China. Chinese people are preparing for the Spring Festival, the Year of Monkey, which will fall on February 8 according to Chinese calendar. (Photo by Zhong Zhenbin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GUANGZHOU,CHINA-FEBRUARY 2: Passengers carrying luggages walk toward GuangZhou Railway Station as they head back home for the upcoming Spring Festival on February 2, 2016 in Guangzhou, China. Chinese people are preparing for the Spring Festival, the Year of Monkey, which will fall on February 8 according to Chinese calendar. (Photo by Zhong Zhenbin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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BEIJING (Reuters) - More than 50,000 passengers were stranded at a railway station in the Chinese city of Guangzhou on Tuesday because of weather delays, state media said, an inauspicious start for some as the country embarks upon its annual lunar new year travel rush.

Millions brave long queues, delays, and sold out tickets in the yearly 40-day travel frenzy that bookends China's Spring Festival, the country's most important holiday, which this year falls on Feb. 8.

Authorities had taken emergency measures to alleviate the overflow crowds at the Guangzhou Railway Station and "avoid the dangers of overcrowding", the official Xinhua news agency said.

Media reported that the number of delayed travelers at the station in the southern city had surpassed 100,000 on Monday. Pictures in state media showed thousands of people crammed into lines outside the station.

Rare heavy snow in several eastern and central provinces had contributed to delays, slowing down trains and blocking roads.

Xinhua has said the country is bracing for record levels of passengers this year.

(Reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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