Dear MEL Topic Readers,
Four major changes to make Spring Festival travel rush smooth
China’s Spring Festival, or 春运 (Chūnyùn), is the world largest annual human migration period. Nearly three billion passenger trips are projected between Feb 1 to March 12 this year.
Why do so many people want to travel during such a busy time of the year?
For most Chinese people, Spring Festival is a long-held tradition to reunite with their families to celebrate the lunar new year. Just for a reminder, the population of China is over 1.3 billion.
Also, there are as many as 37 million university or college students in China, and many of them study outside of their hometown. This is the time for them to go home.
And of course, it is time to travel for fun. Many workers get not only a week or longer vacation during the period but also a handsome bonus.
In order to make this mega-human-migration smother, several upgrades have been made on the road, on the rails, and in the air. Great news for travelers but not always for some employers. Why? There are many workers who choose to make a one-way trip.
Enjoy reading and learning about this festival and travel period in China.