China’s biggest annual people migration begins

BEIJING: China’s busiest travel period of the year has begun, with transportation officials expecting hundreds of millions of people to visit relatives or go sightseeing in the coming days to celebrate Chinese New Year. 

The movement of people in the world’s most populous country of 1.3 billion people is believed to be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, in the world. 

Friday marked the beginning of the travel period for the Spring Festival, or Lunar New Year, which will end on Feb 25. 

During this period, people travelling to visit family or sightseeing and returning will make a total of 1.82 billion trips, according to estimates by the State Economic and Trade Commission reported by the People’s Daily website. 

The figure is up 3.7% from last year, the report said. 

During this 40-day peak travel period, many people will also make multiple short trips, such as Beijingers going to the outskirts of the city. – AFP  

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