Holiday travel rush has started
HUNDREDS of thousands of Chinese travellers are packing airports, train and bus stations as they head home for Lunar New Year celebrations.
Officials expect Chinese travellers will make almost three billion trips during the holiday travel rush, which started yesterday and runs until February 21.
These trips include intercity flights, trains and local bus rides to villages for China’s 1.4 billion people.
Each year, it represents the world’s largest seasonal migration of people as families reunite for the country’s most important traditional holiday.
Also known as Spring Festival, it falls on January 28 this year.
Travellers lugging large bags were rushing into Beijing railway station on Friday morning to catch trains home.
Su Wenqi, a college student in Beijing, was queuing up to catch a train heading to the north-eastern city of Harbin and looking forward to re-uniting with family.
“My parents and relatives are back at home and you feel safe at home, so I must go back,” Ms Su said.
“After a busy year, I really miss them.”
RUSH: A packed Hankou railway station in Wuhan.