Get­ting home by any means

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By CHENG YINGQI chengy­ingqi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Ed­i­tor’s note: With roughly 3.62 bil­lion pas­sen­ger trips dur­ing the Spring Fes­ti­val travel rush, start­ing Thurs­day, many are find­ing their own unique ways of get­ting home. The fol­low­ing are snip­pets of how some peo­ple are try­ing to avoid the mi­gra­tory tidal wave in China.

Five col­lege stu­dents from Hu­nan prov­ince have al­ready be­gun their 400-kilo­me­ter trip home — on foot. The five are from Chen­zhou, a city in the south­east­ern part of the prov­ince, and study­ing at Hu­nan Fi­nance and Eco­nomic Univer­sity in Chang­sha, the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal.

To avoid the hol­i­day rush, they gath­ered to­gether a month ago to plan their routes home. They de­cided on which coun­ties they would stop at for ac­com­mo­da­tion and sup­plies. They also cre­ated emer­gency plans.

The group’s univer­sity en­cour­aged their walk home by pro­vid­ing free jack­ets, bis­cuits and medicine. In stages

Some pas­sen­gers who were un­able to buy a train ticket home fig­ured out how to cut what would be a long train trip into a num­ber of rel­a­tively short ones.

One man, sur­named Yu, missed out on buy­ing a train ticket from Dongy­ing, Shan­dong prov­ince, to Wuhan, Hubei prov­ince.

He will first take a bus from Dongy­ing to Ji­nan, the cap­i­tal of Shan­dong. Then he will de­cide on ei­ther a train or bus to Xuzhou, Jiangsu prov­ince, where he will again board a bus to Zhengzhou, Henan prov­ince.

His last ride will be on a train to Wuhan. Car­pool­ing

To some hol­i­day trav­el­ers, car­pool­ing is a more eco­nom­i­cal and com­fort­able op­tion.

Re­cently, car­pool­ing web­sites have re­ceived a lot of hits from trav­el­ers look­ing to hitch a ride to­gether.

On th­ese web­sites, typ­ing in the start­ing and end­ing points will pro­vide users with a list of peo­ple who are trav­el­ing the same route.

Car in­for­ma­tion, ex­penses and a travel plan are also pro­vided. Pri­vate air­craft

As China grad­u­ally opens its gen­eral avi­a­tion airspace, more and more af­flu­ent peo­ple are fly­ing in their pri­vate air­craft.

One of the first to do so was busi­ness­man Zou Jian­ming, who trav­eled from Shang­hai to Fujian in 2010 in his pri­vate he­li­copter. Once in Fujian, he used the air­craft to take his fam­ily mem­bers on trips in the area. His jour­neys cost 3 mil­lion yuan ($496,600) in to­tal, Bei­jing Morn­ing Post re­ported.

More peo­ple have taken the pri­vate-plane route in the years that fol­lowed, even hir­ing pri­vate jets.

HAN YUQING / XIN­HUA

Pas­sen­gers watch a video on a train from Nan­jing in East China’s Jiangsu prov­ince to Chengdu in South­west China’s Sichuan prov­ince on Thurs­day. About 70 per­cent of the pas­sen­gers on the train are mi­grant work­ers go­ing home for Spring Fes­ti­val.

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