Hol­i­day travel rush has started

The Herald - - INTERNATIONAL - BEIJING

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.

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