World's Biggest Annual Migration Begins in China

January 31, 2013
By Weng QiyuEditor: Zhang Jiamin & Wu Linfei

China's 2013 Spring Festival travel rush started on January 26, 2013. The 40-day period will see Chinese people flocking home to celebrate the annual Spring Festival.

A migrant child begin their journey home at the Beijing Railway Station. [Weng Qiyu]
A migrant child begin their journey home at the Beijing Railway Station. [Weng Qiyu]

It is predicted that the railway passenger volume will reach 220 million and the highway passenger volume will reach 3.1 billion. The travel rush has been called the world’s largest annual human migration.

It will last until March 6, 2013.

 Passengers wait on the platform at the Beijing Railway Station to board their train. [Weng Qiyu]

Passengers wait on the platform at the Beijing Railway Station to board their train. [Weng Qiyu]

Passengers stand in line to check their tickets at the Beijing Railway Station. [Weng Qiyu]

Passengers stand in line to check their tickets at the Beijing Railway Station. [Weng Qiyu]

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