As the Lunar New Year approaches, Chinese travelers are flocking to train stations and airports to take part in a nationwide ritual: the world’s biggest annual human migration
BEIJING — As the Lunar New Year approaches, Chinese travelers flocked to train stations and airports Friday to take part in a nationwide ritual: the world’s biggest annual human migration.
Around 3 billion trips will be made during the Spring Festival travel rush, China’s Transport Ministry has estimated. The period began this year on Jan. 10 and is expected to last through Feb. 18, well after Lunar New Year’s Day on Jan. 25.
The festivities are a time for family reunions and abundant feasts. For migrant laborers who work in cities far from home, it may be the one time in the year that they can see their relatives.
Extra precautions will be taken with this year’s journey, as a viral pneumonia outbreak has struck central China. In the city of…
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